Resources for Infection Prevention and Control


ANA\C has partnered with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train U.S. nurses in infection prevention and control. The goal of this partnership is to provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses and improve infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases.


Why is this Significant?

Nurses are the front-line of defense against infections spreading in U.S. healthcare facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties. This includes, but is not limited to, roles in environmental cleaning and waste management. With the evolution of emerging threats and ongoing issues such as healthcare-associated infections, nurses need to be equipped to understand and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients.

Project Description

Purpose of the Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses project:
  1. provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses.
  2. improve adherence to Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases; and 
  3. enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola virus disease or other highly contagious diseases through effective education and training.

ANA\C Task Force on Infection Control to Present at Healthcare Research and Education Conference

March 26-27, 2018
Stanford University

Conference Information

Conference Agenda


Webinar: Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients:
Exploring Best Practices in Injection Safety

Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)


  • Describe the essential balance between meeting immediate or emergent patient safety needs and performing all recommended infection control practices during clinical care.
  • Identify safe injection practices intended to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections.
  • Describe a type of injection practice that might occur in a hemodialysis facility that would increase a patient’s risk for infection


  • Carol M. Headley DNSC, ACNP, RN, CNN - Nephrology nurse practitioner at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis
  • Chuck Griffis PhD CRNA - Certified registered nurse anesthetist at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Michelle Berreth BSN, RN, CRNI®, CPP - Nurse educator with the Infusion Nurses Society

More information and Webinar Registration


Webinar: Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients:
Nurses' Role in Antibiotic Stewardship

Broadcast February 2, 2018

Webinar Presentation Slides

CDC Publishes Summary of HAI Prevention Progress in U.S. from 2006-2016

To help each state better understand its progress in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and identify areas that need assistance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes HAI Progress ReportsImprovement of healthcare quality and the reduction of HAIs in U.S. hospitals has been significant and as a result, healthcare in the U.S. is safer now than even 10 years ago. Building upon this success and continuing toward the elimination of HAIs is critical.

The year 2015 marked the start of the new five-year (2015-2020) goals of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination and a time of important updates and improvements for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) - CDC’s HAI surveillance system. This provided an opportunity to assess prevention progress while strategizing about the best way to move forward as a country. The summary of HAI prevention progress and next steps can be found in the reports below:

One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time?

Survey of physicians and nurses shows some may not be following basic standards of careA new CDC paper, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, reports 12% of physicians and 3% of nurses indicate reuse of syringes for more than one patient occurs in their workplace. This survey suggests a dangerous minority of providers may be violating basic standards of care and the paper underlines the need for additional training and education.

To ensure adherence to safe injection practices healthcare facilities can:

CDC's Get Ahead of Sepsis Project

This is a national effort to encourage healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers to prevent infections, be alert to the signs of sepsis, and act fast if sepsis is suspected. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Download and distribute new Get Ahead of Sepsis educational materials, which include fact sheets and brochures for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Watch and shareThe Domino Effectvideo public service announcement andFour Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsisvideo.

Learn more about sepsis at

Webinar Recordings Available!

CDC-ANA-ANA\C Webinar:

Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: 
Reprocessing and Sterilization of Medical Devices

ANA\California recognizes our Task Force members and webinar presenters for their outstanding work in producing this program in partnership with ANA, the CDC and the New Jersey Nurses Association. Our ANA\C experts examined Reprocessing & Sterilization of Medical Devices: Regulation, Policy & Legislation - the 2nd presentation in the webinar. ANA\C also thanks ANA and our project partners for giving us the opportunity to present this valuable information.

View the ANA-CDC-ANA\C Webinar

Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: The Importance of Collaboration between Nurses and Environmental Services 

View this and other webinar recordings

Upcoming Webinars in this Series:

  • Injection Safety (February 2018)
  • Disaster Preparedness and Infection Control  (March 2018)
  • Infection Prevention and Control in Maternal and Child Health (March 2018)


CDC's Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings - Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee 

SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP) Offers Online Modules for Decision-Making During Outbreaks

Take the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training

SHEA/CDC ORTP Recently Released Two Online Learning Modules:

Use the links below to access other valuable information and resources:

Infection Control Resources

Infection Prevention and Control Webinars

CDC Archived Webinars


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