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Pedagogy Partners with GCI to bring Environmental Services Technician Education

Several years ago Pedagogy began a quest to provide certified nurse aides with high quality, interesting, interactive inservices.  It is my firm held belief that certified nurse aides are the eyes, ears and frontline of care for our patients and residents. I believe that the better educated our nurse aides are, the higher quality of care will be delivered by those trained individuals.  The ability to provide these caregivers quality education that they can access 24/7/365 was a goal Pedagogy set the day the “virtual” online campus doors opened 5 years ago. You may find all of our inservices on a campus dedicated to the education of our Certified Nurse Aides, Nursing Assitants and Caregivers on our Inservice and Compliance Campus.

As a nurse I realize healthcare acquired infections are a focus of hospitals, long term care facilities, and for every Infection Prevention and Control nurse across the country. So my philosophy again carried over to providing education to our frontline staff in the Environmental Services Departments. The proper education of these staff members, in my belief, is the key to providing the best in infection prevention and control. It all begins with the proper cleaning and disinfection of every healthcare facility.

When an education need is identified, the search begins for content experts and course authors from all over the United States. In my search I ran across an author of the book “Infection Prevention for Dummies”. In reading more about Darrel Hicks I learned he had 35 years’ experience in the Environmental Services Department (EVS).  His philosophy was much like mine in that he believed our EVS staff should have the education of basic infection prevention practices as it relates to the cleaning and disinfection of healthcare facilities.

Hicks is nationally recognized as one of the industry experts in infection prevention and control as it relates to cleaning. He has written and published numerous articles in professional and healthcare related journals as part of his commitment to providing a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment.  So I began by reaching out and asking if putting his knowledge online as EVS education would be of interest.  As it turns out Darrel and his partner David Thompson the CEO of GCI -“The Green Clean Institute” were a step ahead of me. Their company has put together a series of ISSA verified education webinars that teach your environmental services staff the basics of infection prevention as it pertains to environmental services. Once the 12 modules are completed your staff is presented with an EVS Technician Certification.

I felt this education was imperative for all healthcare facilities to have and the decision to partner with Dave and Darrel was an easy one. In my opinion this education should be mandatory, it is that important to the safety and welfare of our patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have started implementing penalties to hospitals that contribute to patients acquiring infections during their stays and soon these monetary penalties will be enforced upon Long Term Care facilities and Post Acute Care facilities as well.

As savvy healthcare consumers become more aware of healthcare acquired infections and the roll environmental services plays in the transmission of these potentially deadly infections within healthcare settings, the fact that your facility has highly trained and educated staff will be an important marketing tool that will set you apart from your competitors.

To learn more about the EVS Technician Certification and the online education we can provide to your EVS and housekeeping staff click the Environmental Services Technician Certification link.

Pedagogy blog written by Capra Dalton, RN.

Capra Dalton, Registered Nurse, has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

As the CEO, Capra is responsible for all operational aspects of Pedagogy, including education course content, author recruitment, and management. 
Posted: 10/14/2015 10:04:25 AM
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