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Clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners: Complementary roles for infectious disease and infection control

  • Cheri Gail
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    Reprint requests: Cheri Gail, MN, ARNP, University of Washington School of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, PO Box 357266, Seattle, WA 98195-7266.
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    From the International Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington,a Washington State Department of Health,b and School of Nursing, University of Washington.c USA
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  • Kimberly Willis Field
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    From the International Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington,a Washington State Department of Health,b and School of Nursing, University of Washington.c USA
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  • Terri Simpson
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    From the International Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington,a Washington State Department of Health,b and School of Nursing, University of Washington.c USA
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  • Eleanor F Bond
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    From the International Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington,a Washington State Department of Health,b and School of Nursing, University of Washington.c USA
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      Abstract

      Background

      The escalation of infectious diseases worldwide heralds an unprecedented need for nurses with advanced practice graduate preparation.

      Objective

      To describe how a graduate program prepares clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners in infectious diseases or infection control to provide distinct yet complementary care for patients with contagious disease and potentially antimicrobial-resistant infections.

      Results

      The University of Washington School of Nursing launched a new master of nursing program for infectious disease and infection control to reduce the threat of infectious diseases and multiple-resistant organisms.
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