Infection control education earns SON faculty a national award

Mar 28th, 2012

School of Nursing

Dr. Donna Moralejo
Infection control education earns SON faculty a national award

Led by Dr. Moralejo, the e-learning modules were created by a team of people including Marion Yetman (MN’99) who is the provincial infection control nurse specialist. Entitled Infection prevention and control: The team approach, it consists of six short modules about routine practices, which are infection prevention and control practices for healthcare workers who have any interaction with patients. “It’s important that all healthcare workers work as a team and apply appropriate precautions in order to reduce the number of healthcare associated infections,” noted Dr. Moralejo.

“Education of healthcare workers alone will not ensure that routine practices are routinely practiced, but it’s an important first step as healthcare workers need to know what to do. Annual review helps reinforce their knowledge and their ability to implement the required practices, and these e-learning tools help make that review more interesting.”

The team’s work on the modules, which are offered through Georgian College, was voluntary but CHICA-Canada will receive royalties that will be used to fund development of future educational offerings. 

Dr. Moralejo is also director of education on the CHICA-Canada Board of Directors, and is half way through her second 3-year term. This is her second Award of Merit from CHICA. The first was in 2006 for her work as part of an advisory group that developed CHICA-Canada's two-term course on infection prevention and control for novice infection control practitioners.

In a letter to Dr. Moralejo from the CHICA-Canada president Jim Gauthier, he states that “this initiative required not only your significant expertise in the practice of infection prevention and control and the education of healthcare workers, but also considerable dedication to an 18-month project. The end product is an engaging tool that will be valued by healthcare workers and administrators in all settings.” The award will be presented at the 2012 National Education Conference on June in Saskatoon, SK. 


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