2024 IP Boot Camp

Boot Camp is Back!

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of our Infection Prevention Boot Camp, featuring an enhanced program with new presentations, new interactive simulations and tabletop exercises, and new presenters from the CDC, KDPH, and KyIP Training Center.

This year, we’ve crafted a dynamic learning experience that combines the convenience of virtual didactic sessions with the hands-on practicality of in-person simulation training, all tailored to meet the unique needs of healthcare professionals in each region of Kentucky. 

Boot Camp is hosted virtually May 1st, 2024 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EST. In-person in Eastern Kentucky on May 9th, 2024 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm and Western Kentucky from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. 

Scroll on to read the agenda and meet our presenters.

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FREE Infection Prevention Units

IP Boot Camp is endorsed by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Earn 5 IPUs by attending!

FREE Continuing Education Credit

Earn CE by attending the IP Boot Camp. CE is accredited through ANCC.

Message for Continuing Education Credits


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Norton Healthcare Institute for Education and Development is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This continuing professional development activity has been approved for 6.5 contact hours. In order for nursing participants to obtain credits, they must complete the evaluation and claim attendance by attesting to the number of hours in attendance. 

For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon, DNP, RN, SANE-A, AFN-BC at (502) 446-5889 or sally.sturgeon@nortonhealthcare.org.

Presenter and Planner Disclosure

Norton Healthcare adheres to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s guidelines and standards regarding the influence of commercial support for accredited continuing education as well as the Standards for Commercial Support regarding ineligible company support.  During the planning process, all individuals in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners, presenters, simulation instructors and tabletop exercise facilitators) are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies and the nature of the relationship. This information is assessed by the Norton Healthcare Center for Medical, Provider & Nursing Education to ensure an acceptable mitigation of any identified conflicts prior to the activity.  In addition, all attendees will be asked to evaluate the speakers’ content for bias and balance.

Missy Travis, faculty for this educational event, is a consultant for Applied Silver, IVizz and Georgia Pacific.

*The relevant financial relationships listed have been mitigated*

Virtual Day Agenda

Sessions start promptly at 8:30 am EST

Join Dr. Julia Frith, DNP, RN, CIC as she welcomes attendees and speakers. 

Join CDC expert, Dr. Janet Glowicz, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP for discussion on why hand hygiene is so important, proper techniques, when to perform, and the use of hand sanitizer. The presenter will also address how to care for your hands as a healthcare professional and how your skin may be affected by cleansing products. 

Attendee short break.

Join Dr. Chad Eldridge, DNP, RN, CIC from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a discussion about surveillance and outbreak management. From recognizing the signs of a potential outbreak all the way through investigation and reporting.  

Join Ruth Belflower Midkiff, MPH, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP, FAPIC for a concise presentation on infection prevention risk assessment and planning. Discover crucial strategies for identifying and mitigating potential infection risks in various settings. Learn how to develop effective prevention plans tailored to your organization’s needs, ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and clients. Gain practical insights to enhance infection control measures and promote a healthier environment.

Break for lunch. The sessions will resume promptly at 12:30 pm. 

Join Dr. Melissa Forton, DNP, APRN, FNP-C for a discussion about the importance of antimicrobial stewardship in healthcare settings and principles of judicious antibiotic use, strategies to prevent antimicrobial resistance, and the nurse’s pivotal role in implementing stewardship programs to optimize patient care and preserve antibiotic effectiveness.

Join Dr. Julia Frith, DNP, RN, CIC and Dr. Laurel Robinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C for a presentation discussing the imperatives of compliance and accountability in healthcare and leveraging available data to ensure staff adherence to policy and procedure. The presentation outlines mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating compliance, utilizing data analytics to identify areas for improvement. Emphasizing the importance of fostering a culture of accountability to enhance patient safety and quality of care.

Join the CDCs Koo-Whang Chung, MPH for a presentation highlighting the critical importance of thorough environmental cleaning and disinfection in healthcare settings. Emphasizing the role of all healthcare workers, this presentation covers proper techniques, frequency, and selection of disinfectants to prevent healthcare-associated infections. 

Join Missy Travis, MSN, RN, CIC for a presentation that touches on adherence to standard precautions in healthcare, with a focus on enhanced barriers, addressing the significance of utilizing personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, to minimize infection transmission. And the role nurses play in implementing these measures to safeguard both patients and healthcare workers.

Simulations and Exercises

Registration opens at 8:00 am. A light breakfast will be provided. Sessions start promptly at 8:30 am. 

An engaging and interactive exercise will be facilitated, allowing all attendees to actively participate. While specific details are withheld to maintain surprise, participants can anticipate a stimulating simulation and exercise designed to captivate and invigorate their learning experience.

Simulation will emphasize proper hand hygiene technique. Participants engage in simulated scenarios where they must demonstrate adherence to hand hygiene practices, including proper handwashing techniques and the use of hand sanitizers. This exercise underscores the critical role of consistent hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections and reinforces staff accountability in maintaining compliance with established protocols.

In this exercise enhanced barrier precautions are simulated to test and reinforce staff adherence to guidelines. Participants practice deploying additional personal protective equipment (PPE) beyond standard precautions, emphasizing the importance of vigilance in preventing infection transmission. This exercise underscores the significance of staff accountability in maintaining a safe healthcare environment.

With the use of black lights to showcase missed cleaning areas, participants simulate scenarios where they must ensure thorough cleaning of surfaces and equipment, as well as proper application of disinfectants to eradicate pathogens effectively. This exercise reinforces the importance of stringent adherence to cleaning procedures and fosters staff accountability in maintaining a sanitized healthcare environment to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Participants engage in role-play scenarios to simulate real-world challenges and decisions related to antibiotic use, including nurses actively advocating for judicious antibiotic prescribing, educating patients and colleagues about antimicrobial resistance, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to implement stewardship initiatives. Through role-play, nurses practice effective communication skills and demonstrate accountability in promoting responsible antibiotic utilization to optimize patient outcomes and combat antimicrobial resistance.

The tabletop exercise for infection prevention training emphasizes compliance and accountability. Participants engage in dynamic scenarios, focusing on adherence to protocols and responsibilities. Through interactive simulations, they enhance understanding of infection control measures, fostering a culture of vigilance and accountability in healthcare settings.

Virtual Didactic Sessions:

Harness the power of technology as we kick off the Boot Camp with a day of engaging didactic sessions - hosted virtually. Led by industry experts, these sessions will provide a deep dive into the latest infection prevention strategies and best practices.

In-Person Simulation Training: 

Take your knowledge to the next level with four hands-on, in-person simulation training sessions. Now with in-person sessions hosted in each region in Kentucky!


Why Attend the Infection Prevention Boot Camp?

Gain insights into the latest advancements in infection prevention. Network with peers and industry experts. Enhance your practical skills through hands-on simulation training. Earn valuable continuing education credits.

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