Recent PhD graduate, Elizabeth Monsees, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, was awarded the 2019-2020 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award for her work in integrating nurses into antibiotic stewardship processes.
Elizabeth’s project, titled “Frontline Stewards: Antibiotic Engagement Tool,” leverages her previous work to test the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse-developed Antibiotic Engagement Tool (AET).
Nurses are uniquely positioned to deploy stewardship strategies across the health care continuum by optimizing the timely administration and discontinuation of antibiotics, obtaining cultures before antibiotics are administered, identifying potential changes from intravenous delivery routes to oral therapy to avoid line complications, and providing education to ensure antibiotic adherence. Results from this study will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention for scalability and sustainability.
APIC’s Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award Program provides career development opportunities for highly qualified individuals to plan, implement, and develop a written report for a research project demonstrating value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.