In early April, I attended by second annual National Student Nurses Association convention in Dallas, TX though the Duquesne University Student Nurses Association. The theme of the year was about global health and preventing epidemics and outbreaks of diseases. I found this theme appropriate, as problems have recently arisen regarding antimicrobial resistance.
Each year, schools from across the United States bring resolutions on topics that they believe related to the nursing field. The resolutions are debated and voted on by delegates from the schools. This year, our school did our resolution on antimicrobial resistance and the importance of educating patients and other healthcare workers on the dangers of overly distributing antibiotics, thus leading to antimicrobial and bacterial resistance. Additionally, different strains of bacteria tend to develop rapidly and then we have another problem. This has a vital impact on healthcare and the nursing field because it can lead to epidemics throughout the nation. Our resolution focused on bringing more awareness to this growing issue in our country.
The World Health Organization says, “Antimicrobial resistance happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs.” Moreover, the antibiotics becomes less effective and a patient will continue to have the infection in their body. The WHO also states that it is a global concern because without effective antibiotic medication, medical procedures would be riskier and the cost of health care would go up, due to lengthen hospital stays (antimicrobial resistance).
At the NSNA convention, our resolution was heavily debated on, but still passed! This means the health related topic will given to the American Nurses Association. On that level, the association will potentially look into the topic more thoroughly. Even as a student nurses, we have the ability to initiate change in the country.
As a nation, we should stress the importance of education on ways to prevent bacterial resistance by appropriately using antibiotics and alternating the use of certain antibiotics.
Antimicrobial resistance. (n.d.). Retrieved May 03, 2017, from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/
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