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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
antibiotic stewardship, antibiotic resistance, nurse
Introduction: Urinary tract infections are one of the two most common infections treated in hospitals, leading to antibiotic overuse. Antibiotic overuse makes antibiotic stewardship in hospitals important. Methods: Literature terms that were searched were antibiotic stewardship, inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, reducing unnecessary urine culturing, urinary tract infection symptoms, and nursing urinalysis protocols. The themes that emerged were indications for urinalysis as defined by the checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nursing role in antibiotic stewardship, and barriers for implementing the project. Gaps: There are few articles regarding using a protocol to help define a urinary tract infection for nurses. Nurses have had limited involvement in antibiotic stewardship programs. It is unknown the effect a nurse will have on antibiotic stewardship. Recommendations for Practice: Implementing an evidence-based practice protocol will help to identify the appropriate times for a nurse to request a urinalysis order from a provider and potentially decrease the number of unnecessary urinalysis tests along with inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions.
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Copyright © 2021 Kary Johnson
Johnson, Kary, "Antibiotic Stewardship: Increasing Nursing Education to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Practice Innovation Projects. 149.