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    The paper builds on the foundational IPC principles from which the student will develop the skills and knowledge to critically apply these in clinical/healthcare settings to manage pandemic planning and emergency responses to pandemics/outbreaks within a community/organisation.

    The infection prevention & control in practice paper will further advance student infection prevention and control (IPC) knowledge, building on the foundations of the IPC paper NURS471. Learning activities support the effective, evidence informed application of core components of IPC. Core components include healthcare associated infection prevention and surveillance, multimodal strategies for implementing IPC activities, monitoring and evaluating IPC effectiveness, epidemiology, microbiology and response to outbreaks and clinical governance (patient safety, risk management, quality improvement). This paper will support students to explore and critically evaluate key aspects of infection prevention and control in clinical practice. The aim of this paper is to further develop student understanding of IPC core principles to support application within clinical practice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Infection Prevention and Control in Practice
    Subject Nursing
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,984.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc, MAdvNP

    The applicant will hold a health qualification and/or professional registration congruent with the Health Practitioner’s Competence Assurance Act (2003).


    The Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

    Teaching staff

    Jo Borren

    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    Two three-day study blocks.


    Lee, G., & Bishop, P. (2015). Microbiology and infection control for health professionals ebook. Pearson Education Australia

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Critically evaluate IPC guidelines in relation to clinical practice and healthcare environments:

    • Explore multimodal strategies for implementing IPC activities in healthcare facilities.
    • Demonstrate understanding of patient safety, risk management and quality improvement in the context of IPC.
    • Critically examine strategies employed in the prevention of healthcare associated infections and combating antimicrobial resistance.
    • Discuss the relationship between healthcare facility design and IPC outcomes (built environment).
    • Apply understanding of epidemiology and microbiology in the context of infectious disease transmission and outbreak management.
    • Critically evaluate and apply an IPC education strategy appropriate for the patient whānau and staff.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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