Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Population Health Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Francine Serafin-Dickson

Second Advisor

Dr. Dina Silverthorne


Developing and Implementing an Infection Prevention Practice Fellowship Program


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic placed huge demands on infection prevention programs (Blanchard et al., 2022), seriously taxing a profession already mired with progressively increasing workload and responsibilities (Bryant et al., 2016).

Local Problem: In a rapidly changing environment, infection preventionists (IPs) contend with pandemic surges, emerging infections, and supply chain disruptions. The NCAL Region of an integrated health system experienced IP turnover, and in the absence of a formal training program, newly hired IPs experienced variable to no opportunities to develop their competencies.

Methods: A literature review on infection prevention training programs identified the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC) accelerated internship program guide and the evidence-based Certification Board of Infection Control’s (CBIC) core competencies as the premise for training and competency development.

Interventions: The DNP student, a clinical practice consultant for infection prevention in the regional corporate office, developed and implemented a 20-week Infection Prevention Practice Fellowship (IPPF) Program to train its new IPs.

Results: The three IP fellows that enrolled in the IPPF program demonstrated a 40% overall improvement from baseline in all the eight CBIC competency areas at the end of the program.

Conclusion: The IPPF program successfully trained new IPs in the first cohort. Results demonstrated that this project is scalable and cost-effective. The fellowship model can be used as a framework for future IP training across this integrated health system and other inpatient settings.

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