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Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Healthcare Team Approach -The Nurse's Perspective


Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Healthcare Team Approach -The Nurse's Perspective

Topic: Infectious Diseases
Relevant Terms: Infection Control, Internal Medicine
Primary Audience: Infection control nurses
Launch Date: 15-Oct-13
Credits: 0.25 ANCC contact hour
Expiration Date: The accreditation for this activity has expired.
Curriculum Name: Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Healthcare Team Approach-The Nurse's Perspective

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Discuss the RN's role in the antimicrobial stewardship team to ensure effective use of antimicrobial agents
  2. Work with team members to assess, plan, provide and review care for individual patients
  3. Recognize and respect the roles, responsibilities, and competence of other members of the patient-care team


    David J. Rosenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM (Chief Consultant)
    Associate Chair for Hospital Operations, Department of Medicine
    Section Head, Hospital Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine
    Division of General Internal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
    Manhasset, NY
    ​Regina Napolitano, RN, MA, CIC
    Senior Education Development Specialist
    ProCEO, Inc - Continuing Education Online
    Brooklyn, NY
    Teresa (Terry) Casey, MSN, ARNP
    Nursing Content Reviewer 
    Education Facilitator/Nurse Practitioner
    Ephraim McDowell Health
    Danville, KY
    Supported Browsers:
    Internet Explorer 8.0+ for Windows 2000, 2003, Vista, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    Google Chrome 18.0+ for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
    Mozilla Firefox 13.0+ for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
    Safari 4.0+ for Mac OSX 10.5 and above
    Supported Phones & Tablets:
    Android 4.0.3 and above
    iPhone/iPad with iOS 6.1 or above

    This activity is Co-sponsored by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Creative Educational Concepts, Inc.
    MEDIUM: CNE Enduring Material Online Patient Case


    This activity is designed for nurses, hospitalists, internists, and other healthcare professionals interested in the appropriate use of antimicrobial treatments and reduce the chance of further development of resistance.
    The goal of this activity is to provide information and guidance to participants in support of fostering an antimicrobial stewardship program.

    Antimicrobial resistance continues to be a challenge to hospitals, even though there are clinical guidelines and research that shows the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials leads to further resistance. There are several consequences to the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials, including increasing costs of health care and emerging strains of multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). Infections caused by resistant organisms have been found to be associated with a 1.3- to 2-fold increase in morbidity, mortality and cost. The number of new antimicrobials being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration has decreased 56% from 1983 to 2002. Some experts have commented that if we do not become better stewards of the available antibiotics, we may soon live in a postantibiotic era.

    Only through a collaborative approach, can change be affected. This educational initiative takes a unique approach to interprofessional education in the area of antimicrobial stewardship. By addressing the unique needs of the individual professions, the specific challenges of healthcare teams, the learners will then be able to apply these principles in the treatment of patients in the inpatient setting.

    The "Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy" of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University requires that faculty participating in any CNE activity disclose to the audience any relationship(s) with a pharmaceutical or equipment company. Any presenter whose disclosed relationships prove to create a conflict of interest, with regard to their contribution to the activity, will not be permitted to present.
    The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University also requires that faculty participating in any CNE activity disclose to the audience when discussing any unlabeled or investigational use of any commercial product, or device, not yet approved for use in the United States.
    The CCME planning staff of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, the planning and editorial staff of Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. and the planning staff of RealCME have no conflicts of interest with commercial interests related directly or indirectly to this educational activity.

    All faculty have confirmed that their relationships will not impact their ability to author an unbiased presentation.

    Dr. Rosenberg has disclosed that he serves as a consultant for Pfizer, Otuska, and Boehringer Ingelheim. 

    Ms. Napolitano has indicated that she has no disclosures to report.

    The CNE planners, reviewers and managers of this activity have no disclosures to report.

    All faculty have indicated that this enduring material does not include the unlabel/investigational use of a commercial product or device.

    In support of improving patient care, Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
    This activity is designated for 0.25 contact hours. 
    Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.
    The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty in this activity are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center, Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. or RealCME.

    Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for all specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings, and adverse effects, before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

    There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity. The participant must read the learning objectives, faculty disclosures and enduring material, and must answer the multiple-choice online post-test, and evaluation form which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on the quality of the instructional process, the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness, the perception of commercial bias, and his/her views on future educational needs. 
    Upon successful completion of the post-test with a passing grade of 65%, and the evaluation, nurses will receive CNE credit and all other healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of participation. A certificate will be available to print from your user history page.

    RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2013
    TERMINATION DATE: October 15, 2014
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    If you have questions about this CNE activity, please contact Creative Educational Concepts, Inc. at 859-260-1717 or 

    This activity is supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.