Leadership Series: Chronicles of a Nomadic IP: Strategies for Effectiveness
Recorded On: 09/14/2023
The purpose of this session is to galvanize Infection Preventionists (IPs) towards developing a comprehensive toolkit that include strategies that push Patient Safety forward. The presenter will use examples from personal experience and the literature seeking to illustrate how an Infection Preventionist (IP) is able to re-prioritize and adapt with the needs of the moment. This session will highlight the importance of developing genuine working relationships, outside of the standard e-mail framework. Moreover, the content will demonstrate how an effective IP must operate their emotional and intellectual quotient in order to achieve buy-in from key stakeholders in an Infection Prevention Program.
Diana Maria Stark, BS, BSN, MS, RN, CIC
295-bed acute care teaching facility
Diana Maria Stark, BS, BSN, MS, RN, CIC, is a Colombian-American Infection Preventionist who has been practicing in the field since 2016. She holds degrees from the University of Central Florida College of Nursing and the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Diana's true passion lies in Infection Prevention, a field that combines her love of science, microbiology, education, and clinical care. She became Certified in Infection Control in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality at Johns Hopkins University. Diana continuously aspires to bring positive change in healthcare practices that enhance safety and reliability in healthcare delivery.
For Diana, Infection Prevention is not just a profession; it's a calling to inspire meaningful change at the bedside. She firmly believes that everyone can play a pivotal role in preventing infections and is dedicated to empowering healthcare providers to do just that. Diana believes that this can be accomplished by implementing robust policies and procedures that will serve as a foundation for a culture of safety, where every individual takes ownership of Infection Prevention.
With her infectious enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to patient safety, Diana exemplifies the epitome of an Infection Preventionist, inspiring those around her to join hands in the noble cause of infection prevention. Her motto, "everyone is an Infection Preventionist," serves as a guiding light for individuals to embrace their responsibility in the fight against infections.
Diana currently practices at a 295-bed acute care teaching facility in Orlando, Florida, and enjoys spending quality time with her loving family while exploring all that Central Florida has to offer.