A Nursing Conceptual Model for Contamination
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2012
© 2011, The Authors. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge © 2011, NANDA International
International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 10–17, February 2012
How to Cite
Green, P. M. and Polk, L. V. (2012), A Nursing Conceptual Model for Contamination. Int Jnl Nurs Knowledge, 23: 10–17. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-3095.2011.01195.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 6 FEB 2012
- nursing language;
- nursing model
PURPOSE: To propose a nursing model of contamination that describes the key features of contamination at a level of abstraction needed for clinical decision making.
DATA SOURCES: Relevant literature on contamination, biopreparedness, and classic epidemiologic literature were reviewed and analyzed.
DATA SYNTHESIS: A model of contamination was created along with a description of benefits of use in practice, education, and research.
DISCUSSION: The nursing profession is called to respond to contamination incidents on a local, national, and global level. Achieving optimum health outcomes while managing contamination incidents is enhanced by nurses' use of a model that incorporates six elements to identify and name instances of contamination and select suitable outcomes and interventions.