Nursing leadership and the reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infection


      • Nursing leadership is an essential component of the care environment.
      • Nursing leadership can promote improvements in care delivery.
      • Effective nursing leadership enhances the practice of infection prevention.


      The prevention of infections continues to be a challenge for many hospitals. We examined specific features of nursing leadership and found improvements in leadership were associated with a decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Infection prevention efforts in acute care hospitals should focus on nurse leaders and their ability to provide the support necessary to improve care delivery—support that could be instrumental in the reduction and the elimination of catheter-associated urinary tract infection.

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      1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthcare-associated Infections. 2018. HAI data. Available at: Accessed April 4, 2020

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