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From our work environment to our homes and schools, our society is hit with evidence of the catastrophes the lack of infection prevention has had in our communities, particularly in the facilities where we as nurses work. Barbara A. Smith, MPA, BSN, RN, CIC, Pam Strohmeyer, BS, RN, CCRP, and others, will share their expertise and experience in infection control, and hope this space will give you an opportunity to share your opinions and comments as professionals who deal with this important topic each and every day.

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Katherine Tindall is a clinical research associate with Welch Allyn, Inc. She has a bachelor of science in nursing from Keuka College and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Health, from SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. Katherine is certified as a clinical research professional and has worked in phase I, II, and III clinical trials previously. Her current responsibilities include clinical testing, device trial management, patient safety, and quality and regulatory affairs.

Donna Williams is a clinical research nurse in Clinical, Medical and Scientific Affairs at Welch Allyn. She has attended SUNY Empire and earned her nursing degree at Onondaga Community College. She earned her clinical research certification through SoCRA. Her current responsibilities include device study management, patient safety, study monitoring, quality and regulatory affairs, (concentrated in good clinical practice), clinical testing throughout the U.S and Canada.

Michele Donovanis a registered nurse and works at Welch Allyn as a clinical research nurse. She received her degree of science in nursing from Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY. Her current responsibilities include clinical testing, working side by side with quality and regulatory affairs, international clinical testing and some clinical marketing; however, patient safety is her number one priority as a clinical affairs representative.

Amy King is a clinical research associate at Welch Allyn Inc and a RN in a neuroscience ICU. She has a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY. Her current responsibilities at Welch Allyn include assisting with product development, conducting clinical studies in the U.S. and Canada while following good clinical practices, with a focus on patient safety, usability and efficacy.

Susan Dubay is senior manager, medical and clinical affairs at Welch Allyn Inc. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School for Public Administration at Syracuse University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Syracuse University College of Nursing, Syracuse, NY. Susan’s current responsibilities include clinical testing, patient safety, quality and regulatory affairs (concentrated in good clinical practices), biostatistics, healthcare policy and economics, international clinical testing and clinical marketing.

Barbara A. Smith is a nurse epidemiologist at a major teaching hospital in New York City. She works with nursing staff, physicians and ancillary healthcare providers on a daily basis to help prevent infections among patients and employees. She is responsible for acute care and rehab settings as well as outpatient clinics and faculty practice offices. Smith is involved in several research projects regarding drug resistant organisms. She is an active member of her local chapter of the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC.) She holds a masters of public administration from New York University and a bachelors of science in nursing from Hunter College.

Pam Strohmeyer, RN, is a clinical research associate at Welch Allyn in Beaverton, OR. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a staff nurse and charge nurse in various ICU settings. In addition to her nursing background, she has a BS in biology and is currently pursuing an MS in clinical research administration at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, she conducted clinical research in medical imaging, co-authoring several papers and abstracts on the topics of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

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    Occupation: Infection Control Professionals
    Setting: Welch Allyn; St. Luke’s Hospital (Smith)
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