Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training

Fast-Track Infection Prevention and Control Training for Nursing Homes Located in COVID-19 Hotspots


This training was open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff members and others interested in nursing home infection prevention in areas with renewed COVID-19 outbreaks.

Series Description:

Comprehensive National Nursing Home Training offers intensive, fast-track instruction on infection prevention and control tailored to nursing homes located in areas with increasing COVID-19 infection rates.


  • Establishing an Infection Prevention Program and Conducting Ongoing Infection Surveillance in the Nursing Home
    • Participants will learn to identify the basic components of an infection prevention program in the nursing home setting; describe the best-practice strategies needed to establish a program; and understand the key elements necessary for ongoing infection prevention surveillance.
  • Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance and Early Detection
    • Participants will learn the operational aspects of screening, testing and early detection and surveillance for residents and staff from the provider perspective. The training focus is on process and implementation.
  • Cohorting: Effective Management of Residents and Staff
    • An overview of cohorting guidelines and strategies that can be used as part of a facility’s infection control and prevention program will be provided. Training will cover a multi-disciplinary approach to cohorting, including staffing considerations, the role of environmental services, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and bed management. The training will include cohorting strategies related to COVID-19 and lessons learned from the field.
  • Clinical Care: Managing COVID-Positive Residents 
    • The clinical management of COVID-positive and presumed COVID-positive residents requires understanding the various disease trajectories and having appropriate plans of care in place that align with each residents’ goals and preferences. It also requires working with medical directors and clinicians to have the needed medications and other treatments available. The key considerations for the clinical management of COVID-positive and presumed COVID- positive residents will be reviewed.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategies for COVID Care
    • Participants will understand why using personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for infection prevention and will be able to describe how to properly use it. Additionally, participants will learn how to use an audit tool for tracking compliance in proper use of PPE. An auditing tool will be shared with participants. Lastly, we will share promising practices and strategies for PPE supply and proper use.

Eli K. DeLille, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Infection Preventionist
Health Services Advisory Group

Infection Preventionist
Health Quality Innovators (HQI)

Kimberly Rask, MD, PhD
Chief Data Officer
Alliant Quality

Susan Purcell, RN, BS, CPHQ
Project Director
TMF Quality Innovation Network

Jeana Partington, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS
Program Director
Alliant Quality

Presentation Slides:

Watch the July 8, 2020 Recording:

Watch the July 10, 2020 Recording:

Watch the July 14, 2020 Recording:

Watch the July 17, 2020 Recording:

Watch the July 21, 2020 Recording:

Questions: Please direct any questions to The Bizzell Group at dvacsupport@​thebizzellgroup.​com

Continuing Education Credit:

The National Nursing Home Training Series is not accredited by CMS. You can follow up with your association or accrediting body to see if they award credit for participation in our trainings. 

Continuing education credits may be awarded by some organizations for participation in CMS trainings.

CMS is accredited by the following organizations:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Continuing Education (CMSCE) Accreditation Statements:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.