Nursing Students Learn About Infection Control Strategies SWOT

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Disease Type: SWOT Paper: #66117241 Related Topics: Hand Hygiene, Arms Control, Infectious Disease, Registered Nurse
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¶ … nurse in a hospital environment -- and other healthcare workers including a student conducting a capstone requirement -- must take great precautions when it comes to infectious diseases like influenza. Not only does the healthcare professional need to protect patients, the professional must take all available steps to be sure he or she is protected before serving others in the hospital.

This is a SWOT analysis of a student nurse who is following (shadowing) a Registered Nurse working on a floor where there are infectious diseases. The analysis begins with the Strengths that the nurse must exhibit while at work on her floor; followed by the Weaknesses that are apparent or expected; next are the Opportunities; followed by the Threats that the student nurse must learn about and relate to.

Strengths

Being forewarned is being fore-armed for protection, and in the case of the infectious disease influenza, every fall doctors and healthcare professionals warn the public about the importance of flu shots. Hence, the RN must have had a flu shot, and the student nurse shadowing her must also have had a flu shot. The strength of a flu shot is that it practically assures the person will not become infected.

Healthcare workers are required to get a flu shot, according to...

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Healthcare workers should understand that it is likely that more than 200,000 persons will be hospitalized this year from "influenza-related complications" (CDC), and between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population will come down with influenza (CDC). Hence it is vitally important that healthcare workers and their patients should get the flu shots.

Just knowing how to prevent the transmission of influenza is a strength for a nurse. The influenza viruses can spread when someone sneezes. "Droplets only travel short distances (approximately 6 feet or less) through the air" (CDC). However a person's hands can transfer the virus, and "diarrheal stools" and other bodily fluids can be considered potentially infectious, hence, another strength of a nurse is to be fully informed in everything about influenza and how it travels from one person to another.

Knowing the importance of cough etiquette is also a strength for a nurse; and that includes wearing a facemask -- and providing a mask for all patients that may be susceptible to the airborne virus particles.

Weaknesses

In the hospital environment -- even if the nurse is taking precautions -- healthcare workers including nurses can become infected. It is possible that patients on the floor have not been vaccinated, and it is possible that the nurse has not been vaccinated (some people become ill after a flu shot and hence they resist getting vaccinated each fall and winter season). That presents a definite weakness. If a nurse (or a healthcare worker) gets a fever, immediately that person should be kept out of work…

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Works Cited

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Influenza. Retrieved November 15, 2014,

From http://www.cdc.gov.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. (2010). Influenza (Flu). Retrieved November

15, 2014, from http://www.nfid.org.


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