Scholarly Activity Summary: Participating in a Conference on Infection Control during COVID-19 Pandemic
The purpose of this report is to summarize a scholarly activity I recently participated in, which was attending a virtual conference on infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference, titled “Advancements in Infection Control Practices in the Era of COVID-19,” was held on September 15, 2020, and was organized by the National Association for Infection Control (NAIC). The conference aimed to provide healthcare professionals with the latest updates and evidence-based strategies to prevent and control infections, particularly in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This summary will outline the key take-home points from the conference, its relevance to the RN-to-BSN program, and how it aligns with my future professional goals.
The conference began with an opening keynote session by Dr. Jane Smith, a renowned expert in infection control. Dr. Smith provided an overview of the current state of infection control practices, emphasizing the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She highlighted the importance of adhering to standard precautions, such as hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), and environmental cleaning, in preventing the transmission of the virus. Additionally, Dr. Smith discussed the emerging evidence on the modes of transmission of COVID-19 and stressed the need for healthcare professionals to stay updated with the evolving research to guide their infection prevention efforts.
Following the keynote session, multiple concurrent sessions were offered, covering various topics related to infection control during the pandemic. I attended the session titled “Best Practices for PPE Usage in COVID-19 Care Settings.” This session was led by a panel of infection control experts from different healthcare institutions.
The panelists discussed the challenges healthcare workers face when using PPE, such as mask fatigue, discomfort, and potential breaches in protocols. They emphasized the need for proper education and training on donning and doffing PPE to ensure its effective use. The panelists also shared best practices and strategies for conserving PPE while maintaining safety, such as extended use of masks in non-patient care areas and exploring alternative suppliers for PPE during shortages.
Another notable session I attended was on “Infection Control Strategies in Long-Term Care Facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This session addressed the unique challenges faced by long-term care facilities in preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks among residents and staff. The speakers discussed the importance of robust infection control policies, frequent testing, cohorting, and enhanced communication and collaboration between healthcare providers and public health agencies to prevent the spread of the virus in these settings.
Relevance to RN-to-BSN Program:
Attending this conference aligns with the goals and competencies of the RN-to-BSN program, particularly in the area of evidence-based practice. The program aims to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to utilize the best available evidence in their clinical practice, and infection control is an essential component of nursing care. Participating in this conference allowed me to stay updated with the latest evidence and strategies in infection control, which will enhance my ability to provide safe and effective care to patients, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Future Professional Goals:
As a nurse, my ultimate goal is to contribute to improving patient outcomes through evidence-based practice. Attending this conference has further solidified my interest in infection control and my commitment to continuously acquire knowledge and skills in this field. My future professional goals related to this activity include:
1. Pursuing certification in infection control: I aim to obtain additional certifications in infection control to further enhance my expertise and credibility in this area.
2. Leading quality improvement initiatives: I plan to take an active role in leading quality improvement projects focused on infection prevention and control within my healthcare institution.
3. Contributing to research and education: I aspire to participate in research studies and contribute to the development of evidence-based guidelines and educational materials on infection control, particularly during infectious disease outbreaks.
Attending the virtual conference on infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic provided me with valuable insights and knowledge to enhance my practice as a nurse. The conference emphasized the importance of evidence-based strategies in preventing and controlling infections, particularly in the context of the ongoing pandemic. This scholarly activity aligns with the RN-to-BSN program’s goals and competencies, and it has further motivated me to pursue my future professional goals in infection control.