Debbie Hurst has been an HLAC Inspector since 2018. She is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare including 28 years spent specializing in the field of healthcare infection prevention and control. She has been board certified in Infection Control (CIC) since 1998 and also is certified by the American Hospital Association as a Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP). In 2017, Debbie received the distinction of honor for Infection Preventionists from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) by being accepted into the APIC Fellowship program (FAPIC) which is a designation for advanced practitioners of infection prevention and control practice who are recognized leaders within the field.
Debbie has met the challenges of fulfilling a variety of roles during her career including extensive work nationally as a healthcare infection prevention and control consultant through both her own infection control (IC)consulting business as well as through contracted work for many different organizations. This has included close work with state health departments on IC related educational program development and animated videos, healthcare environmental services training, healthcare laundry management training and staff development programs. In her role as a healthcare consultant, educator, thought leader and dedicated nursing professional, she is able to influence and support the utilization of best healthcare practices on a large scale across the country. It is her desire to help educate, train and support key individuals, teams and organizations involved in the delivery of healthcare on best practices.