Agent of Change: A CNS’s Recommendations for CAUTI Prevention
3 Questions With… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties such as Infection Prevention, Vascular Access, Surgical Care and more. These experts answer questions on the latest insights, evidence and current practices.
For our newest 3 Questions With… vlog, Eloquest Healthcare is proud to feature Kathie Posa-Kearney MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN. Kathie discusses what inspires her most in her role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist as well as important issues that are currently underappreciated. She also discusses key recommendations to prevent catheter-related urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). Watch below!
Kathie is early in her career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist but has been a nurse for 8 years. Kathie Has worked in multiple different care areas throughout her nursing career. Starting as a new graduate in a small community hospital setting, working in a medical/surgical/ortho unit. Her next position brought her to a large quaternary academic medical center outside of the Chicago city limits. She spent 5 years as part of the nursing team in the medical intensive care unit before transferring to the critical care float pool team, caring for patients in each of the 7 adult in-patient ICUs.
Throughout her career, Kathie has been involved in multiple quality and practice change task forces. As a staff nurse in the medical ICU, she was the nurse champion during the education and roll out of the ICU Liberation Bundle initiative. As a critical care CNS, Kathie is responsible for her unit’s performance in terms of all nurse sensitive indicators. CLABSI, CAUTI and HAPI prevention are part of her daily responsibility at the unit level. Kathie is currently partnering with the infection prevention team at her organization to decrease the incidence of CAUTI in the ICU.