The Key Role Played by Link Nurses
Link nurses (LNs) are traditionally defined as “practicing nurses with an expressed interest in a specialty and a formal link to specialist team members”. They actively nurture relationships between the relevant specialist team and those working in the local clinical environment (ward, department, home care, etc.) and undertake specific tasks or roles as required, within their sphere of responsibility. Recognized by colleagues for their unique function and contribution, and with support from their managers, such voluntary roles facilitate patient safety strategies, through the dissemination of knowledge and best practices in healthcare settings.
With this in view and to make infection control everyone’s responsibility, link nurses are taught the enabling factors, characteristics, attitudes and outcomes. The first of the 4-week session on ‘Role of Link Nurses – Infection Prevention and Control’ was conducted on 26th October at CARE Nampally and was attended by 67 associates.