By the WoundSource Editors
Cincinnati, OH – May 4, 2016 – The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA/LTC) announces the release of the industry’s first Infection Prevention and Control certification program specific for Extended Care healthcare professionals. The new certification program officially launched on May 1, 2016 for healthcare professionals that meet the examination eligibility requirements. The exam will be offered year round.
This certification program and examination was developed by a group of recognized subject matter experts from nursing, public health, microbiology, infection prevention, long term care, and public health/infectious disease experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the last year, this new certification has been developed, beta tested, and is now ready to be released to NADONA/LTC members and other healthcare professionals involved in Infection Prevention and Control across the extended care continuum of care. Upon successful completion of the examination and meeting all eligibility requirements, candidates are eligible to use the credentials "IP-BC™" representing Infection Preventionist-Board Certified.
The new certification examination covers many relevant Infection Prevention and Control competencies such as surveillance, outbreak investigation, public health, clinical microbiology, disinfection and sterilization, hand hygiene, device related infection prevention, and much more. For a detailed content outline, please visit the NADONA/LTC website to download the candidate handbook.
Robin Arnicar, RN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA and NADONA/LTC's President states, "NADONA/LTC members have long asked for an infection prevention and control certification that was specific to their practice environment. I am thrilled to share the exciting news with our members that NADONA/LTC has responded to this need, and provided a tailored certification to demonstrate their competency in Infection Prevention and Control. This new certification will prepare our members to reduce the incidence of preventable Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)."
"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. This new certification will provide the industry's first professional pathway to achieving board certification specific for extended care settings," Sherrie Dornberger, RN, IP-BC, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA and Executive Director of NADONA/LTC.
To register for the examination or learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit www.NADONA.org.
NADONA/LTC has been the leading advocate and educational organization for DONs, ADONs and nurses in long-term care since 1986. With 35+ state chapters, it continues to be the largest organization representing nurses working in long-term care/post-acute care settings. NADONA/LTC offers a wide array of services to its members, including educational materials; conferences; scholarships; Certification exams for Director of Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse, Diabetic Geriatric Nurse, Infection Preventionist-Board Certified, and Assisted Living certification programs; a mentoring program; and a quarterly journal, The Director. Through its publications and programs, NADONA/LTC reaches approximately 20,000 nurses who are employed in long-term care.
For more information regarding NADONA/LTC, please contact their offices at 800-222-0539 or visit their website at www.NADONA.org.