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Infection preventionist retention and professional development strategies: Insights from a national survey.

Gilmartin H, Smathers S, Reese SM. Infection preventionist retention and professional development strategies: Insights from a national survey. American journal of infection control. 2021 Jul 1; 49(7):960-962.

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Abstract:

This brief report explores why Infection Preventionists (IPs) leave their positions and strategies implemented to retain and professionally develop IPs. National survey data of over 500 APIC members found turnover is due to personal reasons, professional advancement opportunities and work-life balance challenges. In addition, IPs are retiring in great numbers. The creation of career pathways and providing an environment that supports work-life balance are novel strategies that could retain and professionally develop IPs.





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