Infection Prevention & Control

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Nursing Infection Control Education Network

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ANA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently partnered with 20 nursing specialty organizations to develop the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network). The NICE network seeks to empower nurses to protect themselves and their patients by providing real time infection prevention and control training to U.S. nurses. The goal of the training programs developed through the NICE Network is to improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices and enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases.

Why is this Significant?
Nurses are the front-line of defense against infections spreading in U.S. healthcare facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties. This includes but is not limited to roles in environmental cleaning and waste management. With the evolution of emerging threats and ongoing issues such as healthcare-associated infections, nurses need to be equipped to understand and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients.

Project Description
The purpose of the Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses project is to:

  1. provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses,
  2. improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases; and
  3. enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola virus disease or other highly contagious diseases through effective education and training.

Nursing Specialty Organizations
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)American Association of Nurse Anesthetists • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)ANA / CaliforniaAssociation for Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)Infusion Nurses Society (INS)National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA)National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners • National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON)National Association of School Nurses (NASN)National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA)Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)