Continuous Quality Improvement
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Infection preventionists are frequently involved in the development and implementation of creative, cost-effective, and efficacious interventions to address issues of local concern. However, these efforts might be less frequently disseminated to a wider audience through the peer-reviewed research process. Reasons some infection preventionists do not more actively engage in dissemination of their research findings include lack of confidence that small-scale, local findings will merit national or international interest, and lack of comfort with the process of writing and submitting research articles for peer-reviewed publication. This 1-hour session, geared toward infection preventionists who are currently or hope to become more involved in conducting and disseminating intervention and evaluation research efforts, will address each of these concerns. In the first half of the presentation, attendees will be provided with information about the important contributions of small sample research projects not only in exploratory or developmental research, but also as a valuable source for context specific evaluation and outcomes information applicable to more established interventions. Qualitative and statistical techniques that can be used to improve the credibility and validity of small-scale research projects will be introduced, including triangulated case study designs and randomization techniques for small n statistical analysis. Attendees will also be provided with a brief overview of open access or low-cost analysis software programs. During the second half of the session, attendees will be provided multiple strategies to maximize success and minimize frustration while disseminating work through peer-reviewed publications. Topics include identifying a range of discipline specific as well as multidisciplinary journals, weighing costs and benefits of open access publishing, anticipating and responding to peer reviewer questions, and considering both obvious and less obvious benefits of participating in the peer review process. Attendees will be given a comprehensive list of resources to accompany both segments of this presentation.
Kent State University
Shellee M. Wandel, RN, MSN, NE-BC, is the Director of Nursing/Patient Services for the General Surgery and Orthopedic Nursing Units at Akron General Medical Center. With a background in Oncology and Orthopedic Nursing, she focuses on improving quality outcomes and the patient experience through a collaborative inter-disciplinary approach. Shellee has been recognized for her contributions in healthcare in Summit County through the University of Akron's Cameos of Caring Award. She is a member of AONE, NEOONE, Cameo Alumni Association, STTI Delta XI and Delta Omega chapters. Shellee graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University, earning her Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and is nurse executive-board certified.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Anne Reeths MS RN, CIC is an Infection Preventionist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI. She received her BSN from Northern Michigan University and her Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Anne participated in the OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program, her project focused on researching the prevalence and risk of silica-tuberculosis. Her nursing career includes work in orthopedics, cardiac and intensive care. In 2009, Anne completed the Population-Based Infection Control and Environmental Safety (PICES) certificate program from Loyola University-Chicago. Anne considers herself to be in the proficient/expert stages of the APIC Competency Model and as recently accepted as an APIC Fellow. Anne is an active member of her local APIC Chapter, serving as past president. Anne is also a member of APIC’s Professional Development Committee.
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