Amy Harper, PhD, BSN, RN, PHRN, CMSRN, CIC
Infection Prevention Analyst
Amy Harper is an Infection Prevention Analyst for the Patient Safety Authority. She is responsible for collecting and synthesizing data from a variety of sources, including PA-PSRS and NHSN, to analyze strategies for improving patient safety and prevention of infections. Amy serves as a resource for healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania and is responsible for authoring articles for the Patient Safety Authority's peer-reviewed journal, Patient Safety.
Prior to this role, Harper has served in a variety of roles including basic research, teaching medical and college students, med-surg nursing, critical care nursing, and as the chair of infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship for an 88-bed critical access hospital and long-term care facility. She has initiated various quality-improvement projects to improve patient safety through infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. She volunteers in her community as a Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN) and is board-certified in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and in infection control and epidemiology (CIC). She is also a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC).
Harper earned her BS in Molecular Biology from Juniata College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then earned her doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Her work studying the retroviral integrase enzyme earned her the John Enders Award for excellence in microbiology. Her post-doctoral work examined the assembly of herpes viruses. While teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College, she earned her registered nursing degrees through Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State University, with studies focused on nursing management- Harper is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree with a post-master's certificate in epidemiology from Capella University.