Exploring the role of the nurse in antimicrobial stewardship

Ms Fiona Gotterson1

1Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Sydney NSW 2000 , Australia


This research is about nurses and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). Nurses make up the biggest percentage of the health workforce, and routinely manage antimicrobial therapy.  They are a constant presence during the patient journey and as part of nursing practice contribute to AMS,  but this contribution is not formalised, and could potentially be strengthened. To date, although described as multidisciplinary, discussion and research on AMS has been mainly about medical specialists and pharmacists, and the role of nurses under-explored. This research will look at nurse perceptions, barriers and enablers to their participation, aiming to better understand the current and potential role, and identify ways to develop nursing capacity and engagement in AMS.

Commencing a PhD in 2017, hoping to collaborate with other researchers, and gain feedback from those practising in infection prevention and control on my early planning. Summarising the project clearly and concisely will help refine the research question.

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