Photo gallery: Infection Prevention Award winner Shauna Rooney

Infection Prevention Award winner - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Shauna Rooney

Shauna had recently qualified when she embarked on an ambitious programme to improve care at Rush Hall Care Home in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The home relied on hospital staff for infection prevention and control training until Shauna became its infection prevention and control link nurse.

Having increased her knowledge through training, she began a programme of audits, starting with standard precautions such as handwashing and appropriate use of gloves, supported by clinical supervision with staff to find any gaps in knowledge. She fed back her results to the home manager, who helped her develop an action plan and gave her supernumerary time to work on the project.

Shauna began holding supervision sessions in small groups and worked alongside staff to support the training. She also drove a reduction in the use of catheters and antibiotic prescribing. Her work has led to a 100% reduction in outbreaks of infection.