Espie Salazar, Infection Prevention Manager, Spotlighted in Working Nurse Magazine
Apr 06, 2020 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) congratulates Esperanza (Espie) Salazar, RN, BSN, CIC, HACP, SFMC Infection Prevention manager, upon being selected as the featured nurse in the March 23-April 27 issue of Working Nurse magazine, “My Specialty” spotlight. In the article, Espie shares how she became interested in the infection control specialty, what her responsibilities are, and some surprising things she has learned during her career. She talks about the gains that infection control has made in the last decade as well as the challenges ahead, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
In the article Espie said, “My responsibilities change drastically during an outbreak or pandemic like the current COVID-19 crisis. My primary role during an outbreak shifts to hospital preparedness and response to potential cases. I’m on call 24/7.”
Weeks before the pandemic was even on the horizon, Espie was recommended for the “My Specialty” feature by SFMC Chief Nursing Officer Derek Drake, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNML, CNL, and a hospital selection committee because of the vital daily role she has in preventing infectious diseases across the health care setting and community. Little did anyone know how relevant and timely this spotlight would be. The article punctuates how important the Infection Prevention nurse’s function is to patient, staff, and community health.
Giving Espie a rare break in her day, the leadership of St. Francis Medical Center recently recognized her for leading the medical center’s Infection Prevention program and for her outstanding knowledge and expertise, especially in guiding the hospital’s COVID-19 prevention and preparedness efforts. As is her way, Espie humbly accepted the applause and a Working Nurse framed cover photo, and then returned thanks and credit to the hospital team.
Looking ahead, Working Nurse asked Espie what she would like to tell future Infection Prevention nurses. Without hesitation she said that the field is fun, rewarding, and collaborative. She then emphasized the importance of staying informed and keeping learning at the forefront. Following her own advice, Espie plans to pursue her MSN degree and perhaps a doctorate. As witness to and beneficiary of Espie’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to her specialty, the health care team at St. Francis Medical Center knows that Espie will be successful in her future endeavors and will continue to contribute to the health and well-being of patients, staff, and the community for years to come. Congratulations, Espie.
You can read Espie’s My Specialty feature here: https://www.workingnurse.com/articles/Infection-Prevention-Manager-Interview-with-Esperanza-Salazar-RN-BSN-CIC-HACP