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  • Molly Courtenay
    Cardiff University
  • Enrique Castro-Sánchez
    City University of London
  • Rose Gallagher
    Royal College of Nursing
  • Dinah Gould
  • Clare Hawker
    Cardiff University
  • Jaci Huws
    Nurse Antimicrobial Stewardship Group (NAG)
Registered nurses perform numerous functions critical to the success of antimicrobial stewardship but only 63% of pre-registration nursing programmes include any teaching about stewardship. Updated nursing standards highlight nurses require antimicrobial stewardship knowledge and skills.

To explore the delivery of key antimicrobial stewardship competencies within updated pre-registration nursing programmes.

A cross-sectional survey design. Data were collected between March and June 2021.

Lecturers from 35 UK universities responsible for teaching antimicrobial stewardship participated. The provision of antimicrobial stewardship teaching and learning was inconsistent across programmes with competencies in infection prevention and control, patient centred care, and interprofessional collaborative practice taking precedent over those pertaining to the use, management, and monitoring of antimicrobials. On-line learning and teaching surrounding hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, and immunisation theory was reported to have increased during the pandemic. Only a small number of respondents reported that students shared taught learning with other healthcare professional groups.

There is a need to ensure consistency in antimicrobial stewardship across programmes, and greater knowledge pertaining to the use, management and monitoring of antimicrobials should be included. Programmes need to adopt teaching strategies and methods that allow nurses to develop interprofessional skill in order to practice collaboratively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Early online date24 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Nov 2021
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