Up-to-date IPC training is essential for your safety and the safety of your patients. Complete our free, comprehensive online curriculum to expand your knowledge of IPC guidelines, COVID-19 precautions, and best practices. Learn more about the science behind these guidelines. Courses cover a wide range of topics across all roles and settings so you and your team can apply best practices wherever you work.
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Learn the fundamentals of viruses and infections, including how they develop, how they spread, who is at risk, and evidence-based practices and procedures to protect yourself and your patients.
- The Concept of Infection
- The Basic Science of Viruses
- Source Control
- What is a Respiratory Droplet?
- Recognizing Risk: How Viruses Spread
- Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions
- How Do Viruses Spread from Surfaces to People?
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
Focused IPC Topics
Delve deeper into specific practices that impact infection risk. Get the latest scientific data on respirable airborne particles, hand hygiene in health care settings, proper glove use, and core elements of effective antibiotic stewardship.
- Aerosol-Generating Procedures: Risk Continuum
- Hand Hygiene / Hand Sanitizer
- Risk Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
- Healthcare-Associated Infections
- Antibiotic Stewardship
Learn best practices for medical injections so you and your staff can safely administer vaccines. Understand the risks associated with multi-dose vials and learn the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear while giving patients vaccines and immunizations.
- Multi-Dose Vials
- Injection Safety
- Vaccination Administration PPE
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of PPE. Review the latest quality standards and guidelines, up-to-date donning and doffing practices, what to wear on the front lines, and strategies to optimize your PPE supply.
- PPE: Quality & Ratings / Donning & Doffing
- PPE: Selection on the Front Line / Universal Eye Protection
- PPE: Optimizing Supply / Reprocessing & Sterilization
Disaster Preparedness & Execution
Understand the ANA’s Crisis Standards of Care so you are prepared to lead effectively during any type of disaster or emergency. Learn how to transition from contingency to crisis mode, triage patients, manage limited resources, ensure proper staffing levels, and effectively communicate with staff, patients, and the public.
- Crisis Standards of Care: How to Transition Between Contingency & Crisis
- Crisis Standards of Care: Environmental
- Disaster Preparedness: Triage
- Crisis Standards of Care: Staffing
- Risk Communication with Leadership
IPC as a Form of Self-Care
Find evidence-based guidelines and best practices to keep yourself and your family safe. Gain self-advocacy techniques that help you and your nurses feel whole and empowered and support mental health and resilience.
- How Nurses Can Protect Their Loved Ones
- Self-Advocacy as a Form of Self-Care
The Project Firstline program is a national training collaborative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with ANA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.
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Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline health care workers and public health personnel. ANA is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.
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As a nurse, having trustworthy, accurate information is vital during healthcare crises like COVID-19. These official CDC training materials are created by IPC experts for healthcare professionals. Learn PPE safety tips, infectious disease guidelines, how to speak to coworkers and patients about infection prevention, and more. Sign up today to learn how you can stop the spread.
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