Continuous Quality Improvement

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

2306 - The Role of Facilitation in the Effectiveness of Infection Prevention Leaders

Thursday, June 15
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, A 107-109

The role of facilitation is embedded in the role of leaders. Great leaders facilitate practice changes. Infection preventionists are frequently facilitating or brokering programs that fill the gaps between research and practice in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Thus, it is essential that infection preventionists, particularly those reaching for proficiency or expertise in leadership and management of infection prevention programs, understand the concept of facilitation and becoming an effective facilitator.
Although effective facilitators have been described as energetic, tenacious, flexible, knowledgeable, and creative, it is beneficial to explore characteristics of an effective facilitator with more precision and depth. One way to discuss facilitator characteristics is through categorizing them into domains such as self-management, social awareness, project management, and relationship management.
This presentation will explore facilitator characteristics under these domains, integrating them into the development of leadership and management skills in an infection preventionist with the understanding that an effective facilitator who can implement and sustain evidence-based programs that require changes in infection prevention practice is an asset to organizational effectiveness.

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Patti G. Grota

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Boerne, Texas

Patti G. Grota PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC is an expert infection preventionist and implementation scientist with over 30 years of experience in practice settings and six years in academia as Assistant Professor of Nursing. She was inducted into the fellowship of infection prevention professionals (FAPIC) by the Association of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, Inc. 2016 and has been certified as an infection preventionist for 25 years. She has presented at local, state and national levels and has published widely in peer reviewed journals in the area of infection prevention and patient safety. She is the Clinical Editor of the 2014 Edition of the APIC Text and is currently the chairperson of the APIC Text On-line Editorial Panel. Her research targets patient empowerment, infection prevention implementation and sustainability of EBP, and the effectiveness of the facilitator role. Her research has been recognized with two different new investigator awards.


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Kay Sams

Infection Preventionist
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida

Kay Sams is currently an Infection Preventionist at Moffitt Cancer Center and has been CIC certified since 2008. She obtained her ASN degree in Nursing from Manatee Community College in 1984 and her Bachelor degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2006. She completed her graduate certificate in Infection Control in 2008 and her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2013 from the University of South Florida. Her graduate studies focused on global communicable diseases. She is a member of the APIC annual conference committee and co-chair of the abstract committee. In 2017 she was awarded the designation of APIC fellow. Her career interests include CLABSI and respiratory viral surveillance and prevention in oncology populations. Kay has served the APIC Bay Area chapter as president and has held various positions within the chapter including legislative chair, seminar and nominating committees.


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