Since the introduction of the first antibiotic, the quick development of resistance has threatened the efficacy of such medications. Improving antibiotic use is, above all, a patient safety issue. As frontline health care providers, nurses can become more engaged and take a leadership role to enhance antibiotic stewardship programs. The unrecognized role of nurses in antibiotic stewardship efforts is just beginning to be explored. From hospital to home settings, the breadth of infusion nurse practice positions them to take principal roles in antibiotic stewardship program development across the continuum of care.
Defense Health Agency, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C, is a nurse consultant at the Defense Health Agency in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ms. Morgan's 25-year career spans such specialties as cardiovascular intensive care, hospice and palliative care, third world health care, liver disease management, and national-level policy development. Prior to her nursing career, Ms. Morgan served as a geopolitical intelligence officer in the US Army. At the time of manuscript development, Ms. Morgan was a senior policy advisor at the American Nurses Association. She presented on this topic at INS 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Corresponding Author: Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C, 9935 Moss Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.