New competency framework for tuberculosis nursing
Hanna Kaur – who represented the RCN throughout the development and publication of the tuberculosis nurse competency framework – outlines how it will enhance TB nursing
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Most often it affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body and is therefore known as extra-pulmonary.
Despite being curable and preventable, TB is one of the top ten causes of death globally. In 2016, 6.4 million cases were reported worldwide and 1.7 million people died from the disease (World Health Organization 2017).
England has a higher TB incidence than the rest of the UK and Western Europe. There are parts of England with low rates, but London has the highest burden followed by the south of England...
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