2023 Infection Prevention Bootcamp for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

The Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting an Infection Prevention Bootcamp for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities. This is an in-person boot camp that will be held over the course of two days. Open to anyone working in or with infection prevention and control programs in nursing homes or long-term care facilities across the state of Alabama.

Date: August 24 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST) and August 25 (8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST)

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham – Hoover; 2960 John Hawkins Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35244

Parking is free. If the lot fills, you can use the parking deck attached to the hotel.

Please note that seating is limited. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis.  The Bootcamp is now full! We will contact those who register in early August to confirm attendance.

Tentative Agenda

FAQs from Bootcamp (12.19.23)

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key building blocks of a LTC Infection Prevention Program including strategies for staying current with evolving and rapidly changing regulatory and CDC guidance.
  • Discuss impact of emerging and problematic pathogens in the LTC setting.
  • Describe strategies to promote compliance with Enhanced Barrier Precautions and other practices designed to prevent transmission of infections.
  • Discuss three key strategies to providing safe cleaning and disinfection practices.
  • Describe the benefits of incorporating storytelling to engage staff and promote quality outcomes.
  • Discuss strategies for how to recognize leadership styles to optimize communication and engagement.
  • Describe key strategies for becoming ‘survey-ready’ rather than ‘survey-prepared’
  • Demonstrate the use of the IHI Model for Improvement designed to generate change ideas, select priorities and planning a small test of change
  • Discuss key approaches to building a business case for the infection prevention program.
  • Discuss key practice change ideas and plans for how to test something that has not been tried before.


Barb DeBaun, MSN, RN, CIC, Cynosure Health

Barbara DeBaun has over 40 years of experience in the field of infection prevention and quality improvement.  She is currently an Improvement Advisor with Cynosure Health where she provides vision and leadership in the development, implementation and facilitation of infection prevention and quality improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations.  Previously, she was an Improvement Advisor for BEACON, the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, and was the Director of Patient Safety and Infection Control at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Barbara is a certified Infection Control Practitioner and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pace University in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University.

Barbara served two years as an elected member of APIC Board of Directors. Prior to her board service, she served as APIC’s liaison to the Centers for Disease Control’s Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).  Barbara has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of patient safety and infection control topics and has published over a dozen articles and several book chapters.  In 2008, she was selected as Infection Control Today’s Educator of the Year. 

Shoshannah Anderson, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Specialist, UAB LTC Strike Team

Shoshannah J. Anderson BSN, RN, CIC received her BSN from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2004. She received her Certification in Infection
Prevention and Control through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2018.

She has a passion for all things Infection Prevention and Control. Currently, she has a concentration in Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care Facility
settings. Her previous background includes Perioperative/Endoscopy Practices, Surgical Inpatient/Outpatient Nursing, High Level Disinfection & Sterilization, and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Prior to becoming an Infection Preventionist, she had an extensive background in the Operating Room for 10 years, working as a Circulating nurse and in Operating Room Leadership, in which she has gleaned a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience.

She is committed to sharing the “why” behind the practices of infection prevention. The mantra she embraces is, “People will be more inclined to do the
right thing, if they know and understand its importance.”

Natalie Baker, DNP, CRNP, CNE, GS-C, FAANP, FAA, Infection Prevention Specialist Supervisor, UAB LTC Strike Team

Dr. Natalie Baker is an Associate Professor at UAB School of Nursing, teaching in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program and doctoral leadership course. Dr. Baker also serves as the Infection Prevention Control Supervisor of the Alabama Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility
Strike Team, administered through UAB School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing. She is a recognized Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. In 2021, Dr. Baker was named a Visionary Leader alumnus by the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Baker maintains a nurse practitioner practice at a rural skilled nursing facility in northern Alabama. She is an advocate for the rights of vulnerable older adults, championing changes in care delivery in long-term care facilities. She is the Immediate Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), an advanced practice nursing organization dedicated to improving care delivery of older adults. She has worked on health policy initiatives and represented GAPNA at numerous national forums and disseminated her work through peer reviewed publications and national presentations.

Rachael Lee, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Disease at UAB

Dr. Rachael Lee, is an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,  and chief healthcare epidemiologist for the UAB Health System. Dr. Lee completed medical school at UAB School of Medicine, residency at UAB in Internal Medicine, and fellowship at UAB in Infectious Disease Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Lee joined the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB in 2016. In her role as UAB Chief Healthcare Epidemiologist, she utilizes evidence based medicine to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections. Her research focuses on multi-drug resistant pathogens as they relate to infection control. Dr. Lee is an expert in all things infectious disease-related, ranging from the spread of diseases like the flu, to infection prevention and control.

Wade Menefee, BSN, RN, LNHA, Lead Infection Prevention Specialist, UAB LTC Strike Team

Wade Menefee, BSN, RN, LNHA, has been an RN since 2011. Graduating from Calhoun Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing in 2011 then receiving his BSN in 2020 from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Wade has worked in long-term care in many roles as Infection Preventionist and Director of Nursing as well as being licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator for the past seventeen years. Wade is currently employed with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health on the Long-Term Care Strike Team as Lead Infection Prevention Specialist.

Cost: Free, but registration is required by August 11, 2023. Snacks and lunch will be provided on both days.  Participants will need to pay for lodging (if needed).

Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms have been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham Hoover (2960 John Hawkins Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35244). You can reserve a room for the discounted rate of $169 (+ tax) by calling their toll-free number 1-800-EMBASSY. In doing so, please request the group rate for INFECTION PREVENTION BOOT CAMP. Please note there is only a limited number of rooms available at this rate. At this time, block rooms are full.

Here are some additional hotels in the area:


The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators has reviewed and approved the seminar entitled “UAB Infection Control Bootcamp” for 7.5 Nursing Homes Administration (NHA) hours of continuing education credit for licensed nursing home administrators in the State of Alabama.

The Deep South Center for OH&S is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the AL Board of Nursing (Provider ABNP0420 Expiration Date 12/22/2025) and has awarded 1 CEU for full participation (Day 1 = .5 CEU / Day 2 = .5 CEU) or 11.7 ABN CEs for full participation (Day 1 = 5.7 ABN CEs/ Day 2= 6.0 ABN CEs) for participants.

Sponsors and cosponsors: The bootcamp is being co-sponsored by the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention Control Training and Technical Assistance Center, the Alabama Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Strike Team and the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Questions: Please contact Elena Kidd, enlinn@uab.edu or arcipc@uab.edu.

Registration form:

We have currently reached capacity. Please email arcipc@uab.edu with the number of slots requested to sign up for our waitlist. We will confirm registration and contact those on our waitlist in early August if space is available. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Alabama Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Strike Team