Antimicrobial Stewardship, Resistance and Emerging Pathogens
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Recently, increased attention has been paid to the nurse’s pivotal role in antibiotic stewardship (AS), but unfortunately, many nurses do not have the skills or training necessary to effectively contribute to AS efforts. To overcome this, we need to provide better training and education to help nurses advance their stewardship skills. Moreover, this training must include more than just webinars and presentations, but an assessment of the impact this training has on patient care processes and outcomes.
This session will highlight the development and presentation of a structured course used to enhance nursing skills in AS. Specific course content includes a microbiology overview, collection and interpretation of microbiology data, the role of nurses in optimizing medications, culturing stewardship and strategies to effectively engage physicians and pharmacists. The establishment of outcome and process data used to assess and evaluate the impact of the course will also be discussed.
Participants will also compare a traditional one-hour long online training curriculum to the enhancement course presented in this session to help evaluate the benefits of moving to this training and development model.