Infection Prevention and Control
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These 2x 2-hour short modules have been developed for both enrolled and registered nurses to revise key aspects of infection prevention and control. ACN has recently updated the modules to include vital information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The modules are Infection Prevention and Control Part 1 and Part 2.

Module 1 covers the following topics:
Important Coronavirus / COVID-19 resources
The historical perspective of infection prevention and control
Identifying at risk populations
The role of health service organisations
Principles of infection prevention and control
The chain of infection
Standard precautions
Modes of transmission

Module 2 covers the following topics
Effective work practices
Handwashing
Alcohol based hand rub
Personal protective equipment
Coughing etiquette
Workplace health and safety
Principles of antimicrobial usage

These two short modules are interspersed with questions and activities followed by a quiz of 20 questions which you have to achieve a pass mark of 80%. You have three attempts to achieve this result.

As you work through these modules you should identify your own learning needs through reflection on your previous nursing experience.

In undertaking these short modules, you should always remember to manage patients within the scope of your practice and work within local policies and practices.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has taken all reasonable steps to maintain the accuracy and currency of the educational content contained in this e-learning module. However, should you become aware of any inaccuracy or deficiency with regards to the content of this module please feel free to contact us. We welcome your feedback.

Please also bear in mind that local policies and practices do change from time to time. As part of taking the initiative in your lifelong learning you should ensure you keep up to date with any changes that may affect you and your nursing practice.

By the end of these two short modules it is expected that you will have significantly added to your knowledge about infection prevention and control in such a way that it has influenced your attitudes and values regarding the merit of effective infection prevention and control polices, measures and behaviours.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module it is anticipated you will be better able to:

  • describe the responsibilities of health service organisations to minimise the risk of infection
  • apply the principles of infection prevention and risk management to current nursing practice
  • summarise the ‘chain of infection’ and give examples of actions to break the chain in a healthcare environment
  • discuss the treatment of multi resistant infections, and the appropriate use of different classes of antibiotics and anti-infective agents.
Prerequisites Nil
Course dates On enrolment at your own pace
Mode of delivery Online
Course duration 4 CPD hours
Fee $121.00