Education, Training, and Competencies
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
For many novices, the constantly changing field of IPC can be an intimidating world to enter for a number of reasons: new IPs may not have an academic background or prior experience in IPC, they may lack formal training, and they may be expected to perform at an advanced level without direction. To overcome these challenges, many IPs are forced to self-train, create their own duties or roles, or seek other solutions for training which can lead to knowledge gaps and uninformed practices.
Participants will learn strategies and approaches from the IP training program at a multi-facility healthcare system that has been identified as a best practice by regulatory and accreditation bodies. This session will focus on the benefits and importance of having a structured and standardized approach for orienting new IPs to their role and to the field of IPC. Having this formalized new IP orientation checklists helps to ensure each IP has the basic training needed to function independently and successfully in their new role. Strategies for organizing and scheduling training sessions will be provided.