Infection Prevention Case Study

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Infection Prevention and Control Core Competencies
Degie Gelaw
American Sentinel University
Infection Prevention and Control Competencies
As one of the fastest growing specializations in nursing, infection prevention and control (IPC) has become a key part of the healthcare system. This writer aspires to pursue an advance practice degree in IPC at American Sentinel University (ASU) and become a certified IPC practitioner. According to Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology (CIBC) (2015), the competencies required for certification in IPC are: sufficient experience (two years recommended) in the identification, epidemiological investigation, and preventing and controlling the transmission of infections. Further, students
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The program is catalogued in to two sections: six required core courses and six speciality track courses. Advanced Nursing Role Development (N501PE) is the first core course taken which will be fundamental in exploring the historical development of the advance practice nurse (APN) roles. Theoretical Foundation (N505 PE) on the other hand will enhance the knowledge of the different nursing theoretical frameworks by combining clinical nursing and research and implementing it into practice. Advanced Pathophysiology (N512) and Advanced Pharmacology (N521) courses are substantial in improving this writer’s knowledge of common pathophysiological conditions across the life span and effective use of drugs. Effective use of drugs, is one of the critical areas of IPC study to eliminate or reduce the rise of drug resistant bacterial infections and provide guidance to all healthcare …show more content…
The courses are: Infection prevention and control (N570PE) which primarily leads the student to understand the concept of IPC, process of disease identification, and treatment modalities. Identification of infectious disease process (BIO501), this course will be critical in laying out the foundation of the disease analysis process through comprehensive physical assessment and scientific knowledge. Principles of epidemiology (EPI500) will continue to guide the student in understanding the core principles of epidemiology of human diseases and emerging infections. Design of a surveillance system (N571PE), this course will expose the student in developing surveillance plans and investigations to establish successful IPC programs. Studies indicate, infection surveillance provides important information in designing, planning, and implementing successful IPC programs as well as evaluate the effectiveness of interventions (Mitchell & Gardner, 2014). Collection and Interpretation of surveillance data (N572PE) this course would allow the student to use statistical data interpretation to ensure care delivery is evidence and research based. Additionally, it would allow the student to create policies and procedures to guide best practices. The final course in the program is the

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