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.

Roles and Responsibilities in Infection Prevention and Control

Roles and responsibilities in infection prevention and control

NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain 3: Nursing practice and decision-making

Generic competencies

  • 3. All nurses must carry out comprehensive, systematic nursing assessments that take account of relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors, in partnership with service users and others through interaction, observation and measurement.

NMC Essential Skills Clusters: Infection Control

  • Is aware of the role of the Infection Control Team and the Infection Control Nurse Specialist, and local guidelines for referral (Progression point 2).
  • Identifies, recognises and refers to the appropriate clinical expert (Progression point 3).
  • Recognises and acts upon the need to refer to specialist advisors as appropriate (Progression point 3).

Chapter Aims

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