HAI-Infection Prevention on the Frontlines: Back to the Basics---in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

  • Date: July 27, 2020 - Sept. 7, 2020
  • Format: online
  • Continuing education units: 6
  • $40.00
  • This course is offered by:
    Nursing Outreach

Infection Prevention on the Frontlines:

Back to the Basics - - - in the Midst of a Global Pandemic


RECORDED SESSIONS AVAILABLE FROM July 27, 2020 – September 6, 2020

Registration Fee:

$25 – Pre-Registration - by July 26. Conference opens July 27.

$40 – Registration - after July 26 through September 5. Conference closes September 6.

There will be no refunds due to the modest registration fee.

This conference is designed to enhance the capacity of frontline nurses to provide exemplary care to individuals with infectious diseases by focusing on the basics - which are applicable to all patients and always changing – and to demonstrate the profound impact an individual caregiver who practices from a proven base of evidence can have on patient outcomes. Linkages to COVID-19 will be integrated throughout.



Up to 6.0 contact hours will be awarded to all participants who view the recorded sessions in their entirety and complete the evaluation form. University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6

Nursing Home Administrators

6 PC have been approved from the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Missouri Approval Number: TA-073-12-22

More Session and Speaker Information!

Questions? Please contact Peggy Bunton at (573) 882-0215 or [email protected] with any questions.

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Precorded Sessions Available July 27-September 6, 2020

Session 1: In the Midst of a Pandemic-Thoughts from the Front Line

Dr. Jason Newland, MD-Presenter

This session will talk about COVID-19  

  •  History, epidemiology
  • Identifying risk early on
  • Impact on clinical practice
  • Lessons learned
  • Relation to infection prevention today


Session 2: Power of One: How YOU can make a Difference

Jo Micek, RN-Presenter

As a bedside nurse you focus on current needs of the patient.  In this presentation you will be able to identify risks of potential infection for your patient and steps to decrease the chance that infection will occur.  It will also include a review of standard infection prevention strategies.

Session 3: Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Protection from Potentially Infectious Materials

Christina Zirges, MSN-Presenter

  • Standard Precautions - what does that really mean?
  • Enhanced Barrier Precautions - what’s that all about?
  • Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 and Appropriate PPE
  • Increased Emphasis on Training and Competence
  • How the Pandemic has impacted PPE
  • PPE use-It’s Not Just for Healthcare Anymore

Session 4: Specimen Collection

Harold M Burgeson, Jr., MT(ASCP)-Presenter

  • Microbiology Basics
  • Importance of getting good specimen, transport (maintaining integrity of specimen) - Impact on downstream decision-making
  • Interpretation
  • Common mistakes in specimen collection & transport
    • Culture & sensitivities
    • Blood cultures (2 tubes vs 4 tubes)
    • Drawing culture through IV line
    • Getting urine from urometer/bag
    • Nasopharyngeal, other routes – COVID-19 

Session 5: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Elaine Allrich, MS, MT-Presenter

This session separates fact from fiction - what is Sars-CoV-2? How is it transmitted? How long can the virus live on various surfaces? What produces/methods can kill COVID-19? What about wiping down groceries and reuse of bags from home? Additional protective measures including PPE, universal masking, appropriate air flow, triage, establishing COVID units, visitor restrictions and employee screening and resuming services. Finally, guidance for everyday living in a COVID-19 era will be discussed.

Session 6: Protecting the Public's Health: Strategies for Frontline Nurses

Elizabeth Monsees, PhD-Presenter

Consistently ranked as the most trusted profession, family, friends and neighbors often seek health guidance from nurses. Despite being instrumental in leading public health endeavors, nurses may have not had exposure to the latest information to prevent and control infectious diseases. This session highlights the hidden threats behind the current pandemic and how frontline nurses can harness their skills to continue to protect not only individual patients but our public’s health. Building on a foundation of infection prevention and control, Dr. Monsees will identify complementary strategies such as immunizations and antimicrobial stewardship in order to equip nurses with talking points during community engagement opportunities.

Session 7A: Implications for Acute Care Settings in a COVID-19 World

Eileen Phillips, MSN RN-Presenter

This session includes the unique challenges encountered in the acute care setting such as ensuring the safety of the caregiver, patient and family while simultaneously managing the need for PPE and adequate staffing. Innovative approaches and lessons learned are shared.

Session 7B: Implications for Long-term Care Settings in a COVID-19 World

Crystal Plank, BSN-Presenter

This session will review four of the major hurdles encountered by long-term care, what was done to overcome these hurdles and what lessons were learned during the COVID-19 emergency. Crystal will also review a resource toolkit for infection control and a PPE toolkit to help with managing the shortage of PPE in LTC. Finally, this session will provide a general overview of the four pathways for reporting to the CDC-National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and terminology clarification.

Session 7C: Implications for Ambulatory Settings in a COVID-19 World

Elaine Allrich, MS, MT-Presenter

This session includes the unique challenges encountered in the ambulatory care setting such as ensuring the safety of the caregiver, patient and family while simultaneously managing the need for PPE and adequate staffing. Innovative approaches and lessons learned are shared. Elaine will also include resuming services in a Covid-19 world.

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