Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of bedside nursing staff regarding antibiotic stewardship: A cross-sectional study.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Nursing engagement in antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) remains suboptimal. The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of nursing staff members regarding ASPs and identify barriers to their participation in such programs. METHODS:This cross-sectional study was conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, an 860-bed tertiary care academic center located in Richmond, Virginia, where a well-resourced ASP has been in place for 2 decades. A survey consisting of 12 questions was administered to nursing staff via REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) in February 2018. RESULTS:A total of 159 survey responses were included in the study. The results demonstrated gaps in knowledge regarding antibiotic stewardship (AS) and highlighted the importance of improving communication between nurses and ASPs. Overall, 102 (64.15%) of the study participants indicated familiarity with AS. Time constraints and concerns over physician pushback were identified as major barriers to participation. CONCLUSIONS:Many nurses were unaware of our center's ASP. Nurses identified activities falling within their daily workflow as potential areas for contribution to ASPs. Key barriers to participation were also identified. These data will inform efforts to engage nursing in AS activities at our medical center.

journal_name

Am J Infect Control

authors

Abbas S,Lee K,Pakyz A,Markley D,Cooper K,Vanhoozer G,Doll M,Bearman G,Stevens MP

doi

10.1016/j.ajic.2018.09.008

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2019-03-01 00:00:00

pages

230-233

issue

3

eissn

0196-6553

issn

1527-3296

pii

S0196-6553(18)30914-3

journal_volume

47

pub_type

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