ONS Partners With ANA and CDC on Infection Prevention and Control Training

ONS Partners With ANA and CDC on Infection Prevention and Control Training
Monday, February 13, 2017

Will provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses; improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to the Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases; and enhance the confidence of nurses who care for patients with highly contagious disease through effective education and training. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has partnered with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train U.S. nurses in infection prevention and control.

The events that followed the West Africa Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the largest in history, demonstrated the need for education tailored for nurses regarding evidence-based practices to prevent and control the rapid spread of infectious disease.

Nurses are the frontline of defense against infections spreading in US healthcare facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging disease often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties–including roles in environmental cleaning and waste management.

Healthcare professionals face the evolution of emerging threats and ongoing issues like clinically-associated infections, and nurses need to be equipped to understand and follow infection control procedures. These efforts are not only to protect themselves, but to protect their patients as well. Oncology patients are particularly susceptible to the ill effects of infection. Myelosuppression and frequent use of antimicrobials may lead to antibiotic resistance.

The purpose of the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) is to provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses; improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to the Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases; and enhance the confidence of nurses who care for patients with highly contagious disease through effective education and training. 

ONS will be providing a variety of infection control resources and educational offerings including webinars, and social media campaigns. More to come regarding these initiatives as planning gets underway.

ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.

Learn more at www.ons.org.

 

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