Improving Nurses Knowledge During the Discharge of a Patient with Antibiotics

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Nicholas nan
Chad O'Connor
Paige Krajicek
Thomas Schraivogel
Paul Lewis


By Nicholas nan, Nursing; Chad O'Connor, Nursing; Paige Krajicek, Nursing; Thomas Schraivogel, Nursing

Advisor: Paul Lewis

Presentation ID: 175

Abstract: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, 2 million cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria occur every year resulting in the loss of nearly 23,000 lives in the United States alone. (Sumner et al., 2018) In addition, a recent study found that 60% of the antibiotic treatment duration occurred after the patient was discharged (Hoover, 2017). The purpose of our educational project is to improve medical-surgical nurses' knowledge on the implications of antibiotic therapy in order to increase the quality of discharge education they conduct for patients. We will direct a twenty-minute educational session for a unit of nurses which features a pre- and post-assessment to measure their degree of learning. The module includes information on antibiotic treatment guidelines, side effects, complementary alternative therapies, and long term ramifications of antibiotic usage on patients and the community. After providing the educational module, 82% of nurses who participated had increased their post-assessment score when compared to their pre-assessment score. Additionally, 90% of nurses felt that they were more confident with teaching patients about antibiotics after completing the educational module. The increase in assessment scores and confidence levels indicate that the information presented was new and can help nurses formulate an effective discharge plan for a patient on antibiotics.

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