Diane Heipel, BSN, RN, CIC
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Diane Heipel received her BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Infection Preventionist for the Healthcare Infection Prevention Program (HIPP) at VCU Health System. Diane’s focus is on healthcare associated infection (HAI) surveillance for the surgical, solid organ transplant and security care units in addition to being the infection prevention liaison to peri-operative surgical services and dialysis. In addition, her current project has been development and refinement of infection prevention policies, including the central venous access device policy, which provided a welcome opportunity to work closely with nursing on standardization of practice for the care and maintenance of central lines. Diane received her Certification in Infection Control (CIC) in 2005. She was recently honored with the 2019 Week of the Nurse Unit Award for RN Excellence in Professional Practice.