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Engaging Nurses in Optimizing Antimicrobial Use in ICUs: A Qualitative Study

Jeffs, Lianne PhD, RN, FAAN; Law, Madelyn P. PhD; Zahradnik, Michelle MSc; Steinberg, Marilyn RN; Maione, Maria MN, RN; Jorgoni, Linda MScN, RN; Bell, Chaim M. MD, PhD; Morris, Andrew M. MD, SM (Epi)
Journal of Nursing Care Quality: Post Author Corrections: August 24, 2017
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000281
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Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have predominately involved infectious diseases physicians and pharmacists with little attention to the nurses. To achieve optimal success of ASPs, engagement of nurses to actively participate in initiatives, strategies, and solutions to combat antibiotic resistance across the health care spectrum is required. In this context, the experiences of local ASP teams engaging nurses in appropriate antimicrobial use were explored to inform future strategies to enhance their involvement in ASPs.

Correspondence: Lianne Jeffs, PhD, RN, FAAN, St. Michael's Hospital Volunteer Association, Nursing Research Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8, Canada (jeffsl@smh.ca).

This study was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: June 7, 2017

Published ahead of print: August 24, 2017

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