Preventing and controlling infection has long been an ongoing challenge for all healthcare workers at every level. High profile examples like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or the prevalence of ‘super bugs’ like MRSA demonstrate that this challenge is not going to go away. As a nurse you have a responsibility to protect your patients from harm and preventing and controlling prevention is a crucial component of this.

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NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain 3: Nursing practice and decision-making

Generic competencies

  • All nurses must possess a broad knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body, and other relevant knowledge from the life, behavioural and social sciences as applied to health, ill health, disability, ageing and death. They must have an in-depth knowledge of common physical and mental health problems and treatments in their own field of practice, including co-morbidity and physiological and psychological vulnerability.

NMC Essential Skills Clusters: Infection Control

This chapter will address the following criteria within this ESC:

  • Recognises potential signs of infection and reports to relevant senior member of staff (Progression point 2).
  • Applies knowledge of transmission routes in describing, recognising and reporting situations where ...
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