Continuous Quality Improvement

30/30 Education Session - 30 minutes

2306 - “Are You Kidding Me?” Lessons Learned As a Novice Infection Preventionist

Thursday, June 15
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, A 107-109

Are you kidding me?" This phrase, whether released as a silent internal scream or quietly spoken to yourself, is uttered frequently as issues and concerns arise during the first years as an infection preventionist. Knowing where to access key resources is pertinent to survival, as well as having a good hiding place under your desk! This presentation will take a humorous look at three real-life moments, with suggestions on how to handle various situations and review several resources available to the novice infection preventionist. Since many small hospitals have an infection prevention department comprised of just one person, it is imperative for the novice professional to know they are not alone on the journey from novice to expert. This presentation will touch on the importance of mentorships, networking, and knowledge of resources. Plus, it will stress the truth that sometimes if you don’t laugh, you might cry. During the novice experience, questions and concerns will arise leaving one feeling weak in the knees, but with the proper tools, each experience will provide kernels of knowledge that will better prepare the professional for the next “Are you kidding me…!” moment. From measles to tuberculosis, it is never a dull moment!

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Shannan L. Metzger

Manager of Quality/ Infection Preventionist
Valley Regional Hospital
Baltimore, Vermont

Shannan Metzger graduated in 2005 from Florida Atlantic University with her Bachelors in Nursing. She has over 12 years experience as a staff RN in both critical access and teaching hospitals from Bethesda Memorial in Florida to Cottage Hospital in California to Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire. In 2014 she transitioned into infection prevention and patient safety at Valley Regional Hospital, critical access in rural New Hampshire. She has been an active member of APIC since 2014. When not working or studying she enjoys running, cooking, white water rafting and spending time with her son, husband and two dogs.


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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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