1. Linn, Becky S. PharmD, BCPS
  2. Jensen, Jada PharmD


The consequences of antimicrobial overuse are complex. Censoring overuse requires strategic efforts directed at tailoring antimicrobial prescribing habits. Antimicrobial stewardship combats the negative consequences for patients and society. All members of the health care team can influence stewardship efforts in the patient treated for infectious diseases. Many of the potent antimicrobials used today are given by infusion, providing an exceptional opportunity for the infusion nurse to become a crucial part of the antimicrobial stewardship team. The goal of this article is to explain why antimicrobials are worth caring for and preserving, as well as to define the role of the infusion nurse in the antimicrobial stewardship team.