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  Investigating the experience of infection control education of student nurses in the UK


   Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

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  Dr Suzy Moody  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The two greatest challenges facing global healthcare are the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the insidious rise of anti-microbial resistant infections (AMR). To participate fully in the care of people with these infections, protect those at risk from infection and maintain personal safety at work, nurses need a good understanding of infection, its prevention and control measures (IPC). Infections can be a reason for hospital admission or may be acquired during a hospital stay, leading to longer hospital stays and more complications, both of which carry an additional financial burden for the NHS. While IPC is the remit of all staff, nurses are key to successful IPC implementation as they have the most contact with patients and their families, have a powerful role as patient advocate and are key drivers of ward culture. It has, however, regularly been observed that nurses’ understanding of infection transmission and implementation of IPC measures on the ward is highly variable.

There is a significant gap in this research field as few studies address the experience of student nurses in terms of their IPC education and how that is translated into ward practice. This study will address that knowledge gap by investigating how student nurses are taught IPC across the UK, how confident they feel in their knowledge and application of it on the wards, and any opportunities or challenges they perceive in achieving IPC best practice.

The aims of this mixed methods project are to:

  1. survey the current national landscape of IPC practice education in the hospital settings
  2. evaluate current IPC provision in universities and map this to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses
  3. assess the IPC knowledge of student nurses during their course
  4. investigate the attitudes of student nurses to IPC education and practice
  5. investigate the educational and cultural factors that influence student nurses IPC practice on the ward
  6. disseminate findings and make recommendations for future practice.

This project would suit a candidate with clinical experience but a nursing qualification is not a pre-requisite. 


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