The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to result in increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Broad-spectrum antibiotic use is common among hospitalized COVID-19 patients and in excess of reported secondary infection rates, suggesting unnecessary prescribing (Clancy, Buehrle & Nguyen 2020). Although the current focus may be on the COVID-19 pandemic, along with climate change, AMR presents a threat to global public health.
There have been calls for nurses to contribute more to antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) due to their position as the core implementer of patient care, and because they make up the greatest proportion of the healthcare workforce.
However, it has also been reported that nurses’ knowledge of AMS may be limited; to address this gap AMS consensus-based international competency statements have been developed (Courtenay et al 2019). This project will explore nurses’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to AMS, using these competency statements as a framework.
The findings of this research should inform policy and/or service delivery decision about the future role of the nurse in AMS, drawing on any innovative approaches that may have been used during the pandemic which could strengthen AMS in the post-pandemic era.
Working with partners in NHS Lanarkshire, or other Health Boards who wish to develop the role of the nurse in AMS, would provide a real impact in practice.
This project is part of the research activity of the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) research group: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/research/researchgroups/safeguardinghealththroughinfectionprevention/
The successful candidate will have a background in nursing or other healthcare discipline and hold the minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above) in a subject related to health sciences and preferably a Master’s degree with merit.
Candidates are requested to submit an outline proposal (see web site for Guidance on writing a research proposal) related to the project as part of the application.