The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA/LTC) has laynched a new training and certification program for infection prevention and control within post-acute care settings.
The program enlisted the involvement of long-term care experts, clinicians, infectious disease specialists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Training includes competencies in disinfection, hand hygiene, device sterilization, disease surveillance and outbreak containment.
“Healthcare Associated Infections continue to cause residents and patients in Extended Care settings tremendous mortality and morbidity, and infection control remains the top-cited CMS F-Tag for long-term care facilities,” said Sherrie Dornberger, RN, IP-BC, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA and Executive Director of NADONA/LTC, in the organization’s announcement of the program. “This new certification will provide the industry’s first professional pathway to achieving board certification specific for extended care settings.”
Those who are certified under the new program are eligible to use the designation of Infection Preventionist-Board Certified (IP-BC). The certification program is open to all but many of the materials are free from NADON/LTC members.
For more information on the program, see the NADONA/LTC infection preventionist program page.