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.

Background

Background

NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain 3: Nursing practice and decision-making

Generic competencies

5. All nurses must understand public health principles, priorities and practice in order to recognise and respond to the major causes and determinants of health, illness and health inequalities. They must use a range of information and data to assess the needs of people, groups, communities and populations, and work to improve health, well-being and experiences of healthcare; secure equal access to health screening, health promotion and healthcare; and promote social inclusion.

NMC Essential Skills Clusters: Infection Control

This chapter will address the following ESCs:

  • Discusses the benefits of health promotion within the concept of public health in the prevention and control of infection for improving and maintaining the ...
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