In October 2018, nurses across Virginia were invited to participate in an educational campaign. This initiative was conducted by the Virginia Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Group as a way for nurses to become more informed about antimicrobial stewardship. Emails were sent to antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention contacts from acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities asking them to distribute the CDC/ANA White Paper – Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workgroup on the Role of Registered Nurses in Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Practices – to their nursing staff. The nurses were asked to complete a short survey which included three questions related to information in the article and two questions on antimicrobial stewardship tasks they would like to be more involved with and education they would like to receive. The survey remained open for approximately a month.
Nurses from the following facilities completed the challenge:
- Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
- Stony Point Surgery Center, LLC
- Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
- Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
- VCU Medical Center
- LewisGale Hospital Pulaski
- Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital
- Bath County Community Hospital
- Winchester Medical Center
- HCA CJW Medical Center Chippenham Hospital
- Carilion Giles Community Hospital
- Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital
- Bon Secours Hampton Roads DePaul Medical Center
Nurses were asked which stewardship activity or task they would like to be more involved with. Data was collected on the responses, and the top 5 stewardship areas that most nurses were interested in are graphed below.
Nurses were also asked what topics they would be interested in learning more about. Data was collected on the responses, and the top 5 topics of interest are graphed below.
We encourage facilities to use this educational challenge in their own facilities as an educational tool! The CDC ANA white paper can be found here, and the survey can be found below.
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