A class project completed by two Thomas Jefferson University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students is now the centerpiece of an outreach campaign about hand hygiene for children in the Delaware Valley.
Jefferson School of Nursing DNP students Juanita Kaness, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, and Anne Markham, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCN, developed Wash Your Hands!, a video for children of all ages, as part of an online Health Care Quality and Patient Safety course. The assignment required students to partner with healthcare facilities, health professions schools and elementary schools to produce a variety of short educational hand hygiene videos.
With support from their professor, Dr. Mary Lou Manning, Director of the DNP Program, and Dr. Anthony Frisby, Director of Education Services at Thomas Jefferson University, Kaness and Markham shared their final work with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter. The timing was perfect, as APIC was developing a community outreach campaign about hand hygiene. APIC immediate past president Christine Young, MBA, MT, CIC, and chapter members made the video the centerpiece of the initiative. They provided generous support to produce copies of the DVD and are now distributing the video to elementary schools and day care centers in the region.