A fresh take on infection prevention

Shauna Rooney has made a big impression in her first job. Our 2015 Infection Prevention award winner tells Elaine Cole how she improved practice for the benefit of nursing home residents

Shauna Rooney has made a big impression in her first job. Our 2015 Infection Prevention award winner tells Elaine Cole how she improved practice for the benefit of nursing home residents.

Abstract

Just four months into her first job as a staff nurse in a nursing home, Shauna Rooney began developing an ambitious infection prevention programme. The programme eliminated preventable infection outbreaks and won her the Infection Prevention award at this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

Shauna Rooney had been in her first staff nurse job just four months when she decided to overhaul infection control at her new workplace.

The programme she introduced to Rush Hall Care Home in Limavady, County Londonderry, led to a 100% reduction in outbreaks of infection – an achievement that earned her national recognition as winner of the Infection Prevention category in the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

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This article was published in print under the original title 'A fresh take on prevention' in Nursing Standard: 5 August 2015, volume 29, issue 49.

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