Applying an antimicrobial stewardship competency framework in nurse education and practice
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Applying an antimicrobial stewardship competency framework in nurse education and practice

Molly Courtenay Professor, School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
Jo McEwen Advanced nurse practitioner – antimicrobial stewardship, NHS Tayside, Dundee, Scotland

Why you should read this article
  • To understand the risks posed by antimicrobial-resistant infections

  • To familiarise yourself with the principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)

  • To understand how AMS can assist nurses in ensuring the safe and effective use of antibiotics

Antimicrobial-resistant infections cause a significant number of deaths globally each year, and the development of resistance is influenced by the frequency of antibiotic use. This article describes an antimicrobial stewardship competency framework for undergraduate nurse education in the UK and internationally, explaining how this framework can be mapped to nurse education and training programmes. It also uses a case study to demonstrate how the competencies can be applied to nursing practice.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11488

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Correspondence

courtenaym@cardiff.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Courtenay M, McEwen J (2020) Applying an antimicrobial stewardship competency framework in nurse education and practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11488

Published online: 24 February 2020