Norovirus is the predominant cause of acute gastroenteritis, causing both sporadic cases and outbreaks. It is estimated to be the causative agent for over 23 million gastroenteritis cases occurring every year in the U.S. Norovirus gastroenteritis infections commonly occur in healthcare settings. In fact, healthcare institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, are the most frequently reported settings for norovirus outbreaks in the United States and other industrialized countries. Due to the high rates of infection, as well as the burden placed on healthcare institutions in caring for ill patients, infection prevention and control of norovirus is extremely important.
This instructional course has been designed primarily for nurses and infection prevention and control practitioners working and caring for patients in healthcare settings. However, other care providers such as epidemiologists, healthcare administrators, environmental services, and other healthcare staff members will find the course information useful. The course is designed to be applicable to all healthcare settings and follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest HICPAC Guideline for the Prevention of Norovirus.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction: Norovirus in Healthcare Setting
Chapter 2: About Norovirus: The Basics
Chapter 3: Applicable Guidelines
Chapter 4: Limiting the Spread of Norovirus
Chapter 5: Staff Management
Chapter 6: The Importance of Hand Hygiene
Chapter 7: Closures and Transfers
Chapter 8: Food Handlers in Healthcare
Chapter 9: Diagnostic Testing for Norovirus
Chapter 10: Environmental Cleaning
Chapter 11: Visitor Policies
Chapter 12: Surveillance, Communication, Training, and Regulatory Notification
Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.Read Full Bio
All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.
Provider approved by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.