Fighting Sepsis: Nurses Leading the Charge


From community to bedside to process improvement, nurses play an essential role in efforts to improve survival and quality of life for pediatric sepsis patients. Nursing leaders Cheryle Aizley and Clare Komugisha have risen to the challenge as the 2020 winners of the Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Award. This program highlights the work of these exemplary nurses and, who through their dedication to improving sepsis care, have transformed teams and brought about measurable change. Discover how they have leveraged collaborative partnerships including those with caregivers, data-driven efforts, and team-based education strategies to improve recognition, timely care, and post-discharge safety of pediatric sepsis patients across their respective institutions as well as across varied communities at large. 

This presentation is a replay of Children’s Hospital Associations 2021 Sepsis Webinar Series live event originally recorded on 5/11/21.


This educational activity has been a Joint Collaboration between Children's Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance.

Target Audience

Nurses and physicians. Other healthcare professionals may benefit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe nurse-led, team-based approaches to rapid sepsis recognition and response; 

  • Examine the continuation of sepsis interventions from admission through discharge; 

  • Discuss opportunities for collaboration to improve pediatric sepsis care. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.50 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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Course expires: 

Cheryle Aizley, BSN, MSN-PNP 

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ 

Pediatric Nurse Award Recipient 

Cheryle Aizley is one of two US-based Erin’s Campaign for Kids 2020 Pediatric Nurse Award Recipients. She is a Pediatric Specialist at the Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Her work involves implementing an interdisciplinary pediatric sepsis code across her hospital. 


Clare Komugisha, RN, MPH 

Walimu, Kampala, Uganada 

International Pediatric Nurse Award Recipient 

Clare Komugisha is the 2020 Erin’s Campaign for Kids International Pediatric Nurse Award Recipient. She is a Research Supervisor at Walimu, an organization focused on healthcare quality improvement based in Kampala, Uganda. Her works involves reducing the risk of morbidity and mortality for pediatric patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital after sepsis diagnosis and treatment. 

Accreditation Statements:


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Children’s Hospital Association and Sepsis Alliance. Children’s Hospital Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

For Nurses: Children's Hospital Association designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 ANCC contact hours.

Other healthcare providers and learners will receive a certificate of attendance.


CHA has a conflict-of-interest policy that requires everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible company. Any potential conflicts are mitigated so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced. No conflict of interest exists for any CE presenter or planning committee member related to the content of this educational activity.

This educational offering is provided without commercial support.  

Medical Disclaimer

The information on or available through this site is intended for educational purposes only. Sepsis Alliance does not represent or guarantee that information on or available through this site is applicable to any specific patient’s care or treatment. The educational content on or available through this site does not constitute medical advice from a physician and is not to be used as a substitute for treatment or advice from a practicing physician or other healthcare provider. Sepsis Alliance recommends users consult their physician or healthcare provider regarding any questions about whether the information on or available through this site might apply to their individual treatment or care.

Accreditation Period:

7/8/2021 - 7/7/2024

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.50 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes:

  • Pre-test
  • Downloadable slides
  • Pre-recorded presentation
  • Post-test (80% passing rate)
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.