APIC announces recipient of Graduate Student Award for infection prevention


Contact: Liz Garman
APIC announces recipient of Graduate Student Award for infection prevention
Arlington, Va., Apr. 4, 2018 – The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Tara Millson, MSN, RN, CIC, a doctoral candidate in nursing practice in infection prevention from Loyola University Chicago, is the 2018 recipient of the APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA) which carries a $5,000 stipend.

Millson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University. She is an Infection Preventionist at Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, New York and has been an active APIC member since 2014.

Millson is the third winner of the award. Her doctoral thesis is titled, “Implementation of the AHRQ ESRD Safety Program in an Outpatient Hemodialysis Center.” It examines the effect of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) model on the culture of safety and staff adherence.

“We are pleased to be able to support Ms. Millson’s research with this award,” said 2018 APIC President Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “Her work will advance our understanding of infection prevention in non-acute care settings, an important area both for patient safety and our profession’s growth.”

Millson’s award will be formally presented June 15 at APIC’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She will be presenting a session on infection prevention in dialysis, also on June 15 at the conference.

The APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA) supports research that advances infection prevention and evidence-based implementation science. The award is given to a student seeking to complete a master’s or doctoral degree. Application evaluations are based on demonstrating the value of implementation science and the implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

APIC 2018 Annual Conference, June 13-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the most comprehensive infection prevention conferences in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2018.

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou

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