The IP&C Empowerment series is designed to provide expert guidance on infection prevention and control issues for patients as well as providers.

The course, Patient Hand Hygiene Education and Implementation in Healthcare Settings, is presented by Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, and developed by Keystone Continuing Education, LLC/Keystone Media Inc.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review how patients’ hands may contribute to healthcare-acquired infections

2. Learn how to teach, demonstrate, and educate patients on hospital-acquired infections, hand hygiene techniques, and the importance of hand hygiene

3. Discuss ways to overcome some of the challenges to providing patient hand hygiene on a consistent basis

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Meet Your Expert Instructor

Shanina Knighton, PhD, RN, is a clinical nurse scientist and infection preventionist leading influential research on patient and consumer hand hygiene from her hometown, Cleveland. An often-cited source in professional publications for her expertise in clinical innovation, she is committed to studying and spreading information that can save lives.

Knighton, known as Dr. Nina, earned her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in 2017 and her BSN at Ohio University in 2012. Her nursing experience began as a first-generation student at Cleveland Clinic-Huron Rd School of Nursing. Her career includes seven years in a medical-surgical and post-operative surgical unit at Cleveland VA Medical Center. Having real-life and medical-device development experience has enhanced her perspective in her position as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case since 2016.  Later in 2019, she was accepted as a KL2 Scholar at Case.

As an infection prevention and hand hygiene expert before the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Nina’s dissertation research aimed to create an easier way for older patients to clean their hands. The research suggests that patient hand hygiene could be improved by hearing a verbal reminder. In 2014, she won third place in the Galen-Brien Vision-Holder Biomedical Engineering Business Plan Competition for her proposal. Fast forward to May 2020, Dr. Nina was a recipient of a UL1 Pilot Award from NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to help develop the device and advocacy system.

Shanina continues to add to her lengthy list of accomplishments which include several funded research grants, fellowships, and invitations to speak regarding infection prevention. Her latest accolade: the 2020 Midwest Nursing Research Society’s New Investigator Award.

Dedicated to education, Dr. Nina continuously shares information with mentees and the public about hand hygiene as an infection deterrent. Her social media pages are devoted to community enrichment, education, and best practices on infection prevention as well. Her bedside hand-sanitizing device for seniors is currently in development.  Its aim: to prevent infection issues with bedbound patients that connect directly to the inability to adequately wash or sanitize their hands.


Prevention Saves Lives



Shanina Knighton, PhD, is a scientist, infection preventionist, consultant, scholar, nurse, and professor. Her research program is focused on applying bio-design processes to create new technologies to positively impact patient care. One example of technology-based innovations is a system for bedbound adults aimed at reducing hospitalized acquired infections.  Dr. Nina’s research is currently funded by National Institute on Aging.

She develops educational materials and guidelines used by many including governmental agencies to implement infection prevention policy and practices. She has received several national awards in both research and practical application.  She is widely considered an expert in infection prevention in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area and provides infection prevention strategies and trainings to countless companies and organizations in both public and private sectors.