Revamping The Old: Cleaning And Sanitation In “The New Normal” Of Healthcare

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Written By Lucy Peters

Nearly 600 healthcare workers in the US have died from COVID-19, according to Lost on The Frontline. The study, conducted by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News, includes doctors, nurses, paramedics and other essential hospital staff like cleaning crews, administrators and special care caregivers. The pandemic has certainly made an impact on travel and how people live their daily lives. Another thing it will have a lasting impact upon is the concept of cleanliness in healthcare.

Hospital Cleaning Staff Gear

It is generally thought that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is necessary to keep doctors, nurses and paramedics safe from COVID-19. However, it is now clear that it is no longer sufficient to keep a hospital in working order. Hospital cleaners who enter the premises must also have additional gear like an FFP2 mask, gloves, gown, face shields, and secure working boots, according to a study published by the Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences.

As cleaning crews often pass through different rooms and halls of hospitals, they must be duly protected from the transmission to enable them to keep rooms and areas sanitized. Beyond safety gear, their cleaning tools must have validated removal ratings that are certified from third-party laboratories. This is to ensure that their cleaning tools are actually doing their job rather than unknowingly spreading the virus around the hospital.

The Necessity Of Professional Sanitation Services

While hospitals do have their own sanitation staff, they may not be enough to ensure complete disinfection of surfaces, walls, hallways and bedding. There may simply be too much to do for regular cleaning crews to take on the load. As such, the presence and necessity of professional cleaning crews will increase in the immediate future. Professional crews possess heavy-duty cleaning equipment like steam machines that are 99.99% effective in removing germs and bacteria over a wide array of surfaces. The study, conducted by Michael Cazaban and others, established that a steam vapor system significantly eradicates S. capitis and other organisms from sensitive hospital areas.

Additional Cleanliness Protocols For Healthcare Workers

Gone are the days when healthcare professionals could simply perform hand-washing, take off any infectious gloves, and head on home. Now, it is advisable that healthcare professionals take spare clothing to wear separately and keep any work clothes and shoes in a separate plastic container, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They found that excessive use of harder chemicals to wash clothes or bedding is unnecessary. Regular detergent is fine – as long as the laundry is done immediately prior to coming into any contact with any family members. The habit of wiping down surfaces of any vehicles used to go home with sanitation wipes must also be normalized.

This pandemic is effectively ushering new health protocols and stringent cleanliness requirements that will remain in place for the foreseeable future. While they may seem excessive, they are critical to maintaining the integrity and safety of healthcare workers everywhere. After all, it is they that are in the front lines fighting a virus that continues to threaten the human population.

 

 

AIHCP’s New Healthcare Management and Nursing Management Programs

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals has and continues to offer the most affordable, dependable and quality certifications in the healthcare field.  It has for twenty years offered Healthcare Case Management and Legal Nurse Consulting certifications for healthcare professionals and nurses.  It has since added a variety of programs, including Forensic Nursing, Holistic and Integrative Specialist and Nurse Educator Programs.  It now is offering a new and exciting program for nurses seeking to rise up the corporate ladder in leadership and management positions.

Learn how to enhance your resume and become a leader and manager within your nursing fields. Please review our Nursing Management Program

 

AIHCP is offering two new certification programs, Healthcare Management and Nursing Management.  Both aim to help nurses find the education and knowledge necessary to learn the key components of organizational leadership and healthcare departmental management.  The program offers 6 key courses for Healthcare Management and additional course for Nursing Management.  The courses focus on key concepts of healthcare management and nursing management, as well as leadership, organizational behavior, human resource, delivery models, budgeting concepts and insurance and reimbursement procedure.

With management and leadership positions so competitive it is key to have every advantage necessary to climb the corporate ladder.   Experience and good work history are the first ingredient with knowledge and education as the next critical ingredient.  Nurses who possess leadership qualities, can utilize their experience and education to boost their resume and present to management their qualification as a perfect candidate for manager positions within the healthcare system.   Certifications boost this credibility.

Certifications orbit the primary education, licence and experience of a nurse.   They enhance the resume and present additional education beyond the undergraduate and graduate degree.  AIHCP’s continuing education and certification model present an excellent tool to make a qualified nurse stand out among his or her peers.   The Healthcare Management and Nursing Management Certifications prepare and help the candidate to become viable options at the leadership level.

Again, the programs at AIHCP are online, self paced and independent study.  They allow the busy schedule of a licensed professional to not become interrupted by scheduled classes and exam times.  Instead, the programs at AIHCP allow the student to pick the time to read and take the exam.  Furthermore, all courses are mentored and the student has unlimited mentorship as needed from qualified instructors.

In addition to the certification, nurses have an opportunity, while working towards certification, to earn continuing education hours towards a renewal of nursing licenses.  All courses have the State Board of California Nursing approvals which have reciprocity in many states.   For those not seeking continuing education, the courses nonetheless, give the candidate the necessary skills and education to handle any manager position with confidence.

Make the transfer to leadership through AIHCP’s Healthcare Management and Nursing Management Programs and see if they meet your academic and professional goals

 

The Healthcare Management and Nursing Management certifications are four-year certifications.  Upon expiration, the certified member needs to demonstrate 500 hours of clinical, academic or professional work within the field of management and also present 50 hours of continuing education.  Renewal pushes certification to another four-year limit until re-certification again is required.

Nurses who become certified as a Healthcare Manager or Nurse Manager can have the confidence of possessing not only the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, but also the comfort of possessing a high quality certification that will enhance their resume and status within the healthcare community and facility.  If you would like to learn more about the Healthcare Management Program and Nursing Management Program then please review them and see if they match your academic and professional goals.   With this certification, qualified applicants could be operating at a leadership and management level very soon and fulfilling their leadership aspirations.

 

Nursing Management Certification Program Article on Authentic Leadership

In Nursing Management, leadership is a quality that cannot be taught but one that is inherent with the individual.  Qualities that encourage excellence in others through dedication, trust and example help a unit or department excel.  Nurse Managers have the knowledge of their station but also must be able to make a cohesive unit work.  This in turn benefits the department and the patients that are served within the department.

Learn more about becoming a nurse manager. Please also review our Nurse Management Certification Program

 

Authentic leadership within the relation between a nurse manager and other staff is key.  The article, “Be you! Authentic leadership” by Rosanne Raso delves deeper into the importance of leadership, especially authentic leadership and how it plays out within the particular department.  She states,

“One of the relational leadership styles, authentic leadership is rooted in positive psychology—the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The values of honesty, trust, and integrity are the underpinnings of authentic leadership. The importance of these values is as old as Greek philosophy and as relevant today as it was centuries ago”

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Please also review our new Nurse Management Certification Program.  The program is designed for nurses looking to enter into various management fields.  The program is online and independent study and offers a four year certification.  Please review to see if it meets your academic and professional goals.