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HAIs 'Not Just a Nursing Problem'

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2014

"Nurses are very much part of the team, but [HAIs] should be considered an interdisciplinary problem," she says. "Nurses should be leading the team."

And if the organization doesn't have policies? Then nurse leaders should speak up and "say why we don't?" If nurse leaders know existing policies aren't being adhered to, they need to acknowledge and get to the bottom of it.

"Don't accept that, as [saying] we're too busy…we need to figure out why," Stone says.

Nurse leaders can and should take a critical look at what resources are needed to help healthcare providers adhere to IP policies every time.

"Do they have the cart for central line insertion? Do they have the resources like portable bladder ultrasounds?" Stone says. "Are they sure that people understand what needs to be done and why it needs to be done?"

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