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Course Information

Research Webinar Series

Promoting and facilitating the development of scientific research to prevent infection is one of the five goals in APIC’s Strategic Plan 2020. To support this objective, APIC is launching a Research Education Series consisting of a five-part webinar series which provides learning opportunities for participants with a strong interest in developing or improving their skills in evaluating and conducting research. Developed and led by experts from APIC’s Research Committee, click each lecture below for course description, learning objectives and CE credits.

APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

CEs: Attendees will be able to earn 5 CNEs for the full series, and can only be obtained through viewing the presentation in its entirety and completion of the online evaluation at the end of the course.

Full Lecture Series: 5 Contact Hours (each webinar will be 1 contact hour)

REGISTRATION:
This webinar series is complimentary for APIC members. Registration must be done directly through the website using your APIC username and password.

 

Course Descriptions:

Lecture #1: Where Do I Start?

I’m Ready to Embark into the World of Research – Where Do I Start?

Thinking of diving into your first research project? You're in the right place to get started! In the first lecture of the Research Webinar Series, we will discuss the steps to take to set you on the right path, from how to properly interpret research to identifying your research question when you're ready. Learn how to:
  • Access important research resources and databases
  • Perform a literature review effectively
  • Evaluate research findings
  • Analyze scientific evidence to determine gaps
  • Formulate your search question
  • Identify common challenges to performing research
About the Speaker:
Sara Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC has been working at Denver Health Medical Center as an Infection Prevention Specialist for 5 years. Prior to that she worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as the Patient Safety Program Coordinator. She has performed numerous studies on HAI reporting and validation, standardization of infection prevention practices and improvements to risk prediction modeling for surgical site infections. She received her PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 2008 followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sara is also a member of the APIC Research Committee.

Lecture #2: Designing a Study

A “How to” Guide for Taking a Research Topic and Designing a Study

In this session, we will describe the process of developing a research question and designing an appropriate research study to answer it. We will review different types of study design used for infection prevention and control research and how to apply appropriate methods to carry out the study. We will discuss differences between quality improvement and research projects and the process of obtaining Institutional Review Board approval. Lastly, we will discuss common challenges of implementing a research study in the healthcare setting and strategies for stakeholder and frontline staff engagement. Learn how to:

  • Recognize and develop different hospital epidemiology study designs
  • Apply methodology appropriately to implement a study
  • Overcome the challenges of implementing a study in a hospital/healthcare setting
About the Speaker:
Sara Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC has been working at Denver Health Medical Center as an Infection Prevention Specialist for 5 years. Prior to that she worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as the Patient Safety Program Coordinator. She has performed numerous studies on HAI reporting and validation, standardization of infection prevention practices and improvements to risk prediction modeling for surgical site infections. She received her PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 2008 followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sara is also a member of the APIC Research Committee.

Lecture #3: Data, Data, and More Data

A Data, Data and More Data

In this session, we will discuss how to collect and analyze data to answer research questions. Specifically, we will discuss different ways of collecting and organizing data including quantitative and qualitative data collection and mixed methods. We will present the steps for developing a data analytic plan and cover the basics of data analysis. Lastly, we will discuss how to interpret results of your data analysis and common pitfalls.

Learn how to:

  • Identify ways to collect and organize data
  • Understand simple data analyses (and recognize when it's time to call your statistician)
  • Interpret data into impactful results
About the Speaker:
Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH, CIC is an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where her focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care, specifically focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections across different healthcare settings. Monika earned her master's degree in public health in 2007 and her doctorate in epidemiology in 2011 from the Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining Jefferson, she worked as an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Health Policy at the Columbia University School of Nursing where she served as the Study Director on several large NIH-funded studies examining prevention and cost-effectiveness of healthcare-associated infections in acute and long-term care settings. Monika has authored and co-authored over fifty peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. Most recently, she edited APIC’s text on Fundamentals in Statistics and Epidemiology in Infection Prevention. Monika serves on the editorial panel of the APIC Text Online and is also the Vice Chair of the APIC research committee.

Lecture #4: How to Take Results and Inform Others

Spreading the Word – How to Take Results and Inform Others

Infection prevention is a field where much of the work that is done can be viewed as research and implementation of best practices. Sharing that information both within a facility and to outside audiences can be very beneficial for others that may be interested in solving a similar problem. However, when it comes to writing up an disseminating that research, particularly outside of the facility, there can be a lack of knowing where to start. Writing an abstract on the work that was performed is an essential first step toward sharing that information. After building that foundation from the abstract, it will be possible to build up to how to get that information out in the form of posters, oral presentations, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. This session is intended to cover all of these topics and leave the viewer feeling comfortable and ready to begin the process of spreading the word. Learn how to:

  • Take study results and disseminate them within an organization
  • Disseminate results to a wide audience outside of your hospital
  • Attribute properly (collaborators, order of authors, etc.)
  • Evaluate options and methods for publishing and presenting (posters, abstracts, etc.)
About the Speaker:
Jessica Strauch, PhD, MS, CIC is the Infection Prevention Specialist at Lutheran Medical Center in Lakewood, CO. She completed her BS and MS through Colorado State University in 2005 and 2009, respectively. During this time, she participated In a variety of research studies that allowed her the opportunity to present the research at national conferences and publish some of that research. Following that, she earned her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology through Walden University in 2015. In 2014, Jessica joined the infection prevention community and recently obtained her CIC certification. She believes Infection Prevention is a great field for doing research because it already encompasses so much of the day-to-day activities that  Infection Prevention already participate in. The challenging part is being able to sit down and write up the world as a research study.

Lecture #5: Implementation Science

Implementation Science – What Is It and How Can It Help My Hospital?

Dissemination and implementation (D&I) of infection prevention research findings into practice are necessary to improve patient outcomes and inform practitioners what, when and how interventions work in the “real world”. The field of D&I research actively supports the movement of innovative and evidence-based healthcare and prevention strategies, often designed and tested in controlled setting, to diverse health care delivery sectors and setting. APIC members are at the forefront of this dissemination into practice and essential for the successful implementation, though often are unaware of their role or lack the skills or confidence to lead the translation of evidence. This webinar will describe how and why APIC members can and should participate in implementation science research, and use “real world” examples and tools. Participants from all practice sectors and settings will gain knowledge of the history of dissemination and implementation research, report increased confidence in analyzing D&I research results, and develop the skills to effectively implement and disseminate evidence-based practices in diverse healthcare settings.

Learn how to:

  • Implement change successfully
  • Identify challenges to implementing interventions
  • Incorporate research findings into practice through education and consultation
  • Synthesize interventions for the greatest benefit
Meet the Speakers:
Heather Gilmartin, PhD, NP, CIC, FAPIC is a nurse scientist and implementation researcher with the Denver/Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value Driven Care, VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding and optimizing the culture of healthcare to enhance patient safety and facilitate organizational learning through the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions such as bundles and mindfulness. She is a fellow of the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a member for the APIC Research Committee, and American Journal of Infection Control editorial board. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, her master’s degree from Yale University, and her doctorate from the University of Colorado. She completed a post-doctoral nurse fellowship with the Veterans Health Administration, Denver VA Medical Center. Her clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner has included epidemiology, infection prevention, family practice, pediatrics, and public health nursing.
 

 Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ has over 20 years of experience in adult critical care nursing, infection prevention and epidemiology, healthcare quality, and health services and nursing research. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing from Rutgers University, College of Nursing, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the National Institutes of Health funded “Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections” program at Columbia University, School of Nursing, under the mentorship of Dr. Elaine Larson. Dr. Hessels’ research endeavors center on advancing the science of infection prevention practices, particularly the fundamentals of standard precautions and organizational factors that are associated with adherence. She has developed numerous presentations and peer reviewed publications to advance the science of infection prevention and IP education, and is actively engaged through service to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Infection Control, NNJAPIC Chapter 12, APIC National Research Committee, and Council for the National Occupational Research Agenda for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Presently, she is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University School of Nursing, NY, NY with a joint appointment as a Nurse Scientist at Hackensack-Meridian Health, Neptune, NJ., where she continues to advance her program of research with funding from a CDC/NIOSH  K01 grant award.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).


Course evaluations will be available in your online training menu at the end of the course. All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or download under My Transcripts for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

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