Onboarding New IPs: A Structured Approach

Recorded On: 01/08/2020

IP Competency: Novice, Proficient, Expert

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2022


The field of infection prevention is consistently changing which presents a challenge for novice infection preventionists who are new to the discipline. Although infection control and prevention has evolved over the last 15 years, there are basic practices that every IP must know in order to function effectively in their role. For many novices, infection control and prevention can be an intimidating world to enter into. Many may not have an academic background or prior experience in infection control and prevention and lack formal training. They may be thrust into their role without direction and are still expected to perform at an advanced level. This can be challenging, as many IPs are forced to self-train, create duties and roles, or seek out other avenues for training creating knowledge gaps and ununiformed practices.

This presentation will focus on the importance and benefits of having a structured and standardized approach for orienting new IPs to their role and to the field of infection prevention. Having formalized new IP orientation checklists helps to ensure each IP has the basic training needed to function independently in their new role. Strategies for organizing and scheduling training sessions will be provided. This presentation will share strategies and approaches from the infection preventionist training program at a multi-facility healthcare system that has been identified as a best practice by regulatory and accreditation bodies.

Speakers will:

  • Discuss the importance and benefits of having a structured and standardized New IP Orientation.
  • Analyze strategies for organizing and scheduling training sessions.
  • Evaluate the role of IPs and IP Leaders in attaining a successful orientation-training program.

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Jocelyn Thomas, MPH, CIC, LSSGB

Regional Manager of Infection Prevention, Memorial Hermann Health System

Jocelyn Thomas, MPH, CIC, LSSGB is the Regional Manager of Infection Prevention for Memorial Hermann Health System. Jocelyn holds a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health and an undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Howard Payne University. 

Jocelyn began her career in Infection Prevention in 2012 with Memorial Hermann Health System, and has been certified in infection prevention since 2015. She obtained her Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in 2016. Her primary focus is in acute care, with diverse experience in critical care, oncology, endoscopy, dialysis, pediatrics, medical/surgical, perioperative services, and rehab. Furthermore, she has extensive experience in surveillance, regulatory reporting, and strategic planning. 

Jocelyn manages a team of 13 Infection Preventionists: 4 facility-based IPs and 10 Surveillance IPs who are responsible for all healthcare associated infection (HAI) surveillance for the 14 Memorial Hermann hospitals. Jocelyn is passionate about patient safety, data analytics, and process improvement. She believes that better patient outcomes can be achieved by truly investing in a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the clinician, the patient, the data, and applying innovation with the appropriate evidence-based practice. 

Prior to becoming an Infection Preventionist, Jocelyn worked in pre-clinical and clinical microbiology. She is a native Houstonian who loves the Houston Rockets and enjoys singing and traveling.

Maureen Nwani, MSN-Ed, BSN, RN,CIC

Central Surveillance Infection Preventionist, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Maureen Nwani, MSN-Ed, BSN, RN,CIC resides in Houston, Texas. She currently works as a Central Surveillance Infection Preventionist at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston Texas. Her duties include surveillance of healthcare associated infections through chart abstraction, application of standardized criteria and data submission. Ms. Nwani has consistently contributed to the Memorial Hermann IP program, including taking a leadership role with the System IP Education Workgroup and has been instrumental in leading the education workgroup on the journey of standardizing the education and training tools for all IPs.

Her background is nursing and prior to her role as an Infection Preventionist, she worked as a medical-surgical nurse at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, Texas and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Nwani received her Bachelors in Nursing at Texas Womans University, Denton Texas; Master’s in Nursing Education at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas and a degree in Zoology from University of Ife, Nigeria.

Memberships: Certified Infection Preventionist through CBIC.

Passion: Working as an infection Preventionist gives me the privilege of promoting evidence based best practices and improving processes for quality patient care.

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01/08/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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