Am J Infect Control. 2021 Sep 4:S0196-6553(21)00584-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2021.08.029. Online ahead of print.
Nurses have always been involved in the antibiotic stewardship process, but there remains a pervasive view among some nurses and health care disciplines that antibiotic stewardship is solely a physician or pharmacist responsibility. There is a pressing need to alter this view so that nurses seize every opportunity to prevent patient harm from antibiotics. Nurses can partner with infection preventionists in these efforts as they both expand their stewardship roles. The purpose of this article is to offer a comprehensive, globally applicable organizing framework to guide local-level nurses to lead antibiotic stewardship nursing practice. Our ultimate goal is to serve as a catalyst to elevate nurses' profile as trusted and valuable partners in slowing the emergence of antibiotic resistance.