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ANA Offers Webinar on Antiobiotic Stewardship for Nurses
By now, most nurses have heard about the emerging problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. You may be wondering what you can do about it. Later this month, the American Nurses Association will tackle that question with a one-hour webinar on antibiotic stewardship for nurses.
Antibiotic-resistant pathogens are a crisis with a growing body count. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 23,000 Americans die each year of antibiotic-resistant infections, which now number more than 2 million a year. Reducing those figures, warns the CDC, will require new strategies to combat the widespread overprescription and inappropriate use of antimicrobial drugs. That goal is the focus of the CDC’s ongoing “Get Smart for Healthcare” campaign.
On Wednesday, July 20, the medical director of that campaign, U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., will lead a special ANA “Navigate Nursing” webinar, entitled “Playing the Part: The Critical Role of Nurses in Antibiotic Stewardship.” It will outline the nature of the crisis, the importance of improving antibiotic prescribing practices and patient education and how nurses can become part of the solution.
The one-hour webinar, which will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (1 p.m. Eastern), is eligible for one contact hour of continuing education credit. If you’re an ANA member, the webinar is $40 if you need CNE credit, free if you don’t. For nonmembers, the price is $45.
For more information or to register, visit the ANA website at www.nursingworld.org.
This article is from workingnurse.com.