The diverse nature of a nurse’s role in infection prevention and control will be one of the issues examined at the Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) National Nursing Forum.

“Patient outcomes can be significantly affected by the measures that are taken by nurses and other health professionals in the control and prevention of infections,” said Australian College of Nursing CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN.

“Nurses are the interface of the health system, and as such are involved in almost every health setting. From topics such as hand hygiene and immunisations to risk assessments of the various areas of health that nurses work in, there is a standard that should be met to protect the patients that we deliver care to.

“Patients who are in health care settings like hospitals and aged care, are highly vulnerable and all possible steps should be taken to ensure they are not exposed to any organisms that might be present.

“The Forum will provide a space for nurses to examine a number of topics such as their position on infection protocol. This will then help to inform, shape and deliver effective infection prevention and control, as well how to best communicate this information with other health professionals and patients.”

ACN’s National Nursing Forum will be held on the 28 – 30 August at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hundreds of nurse leaders across the country and internationally are expected to attend the three-day event.

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