Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and its consequences pose very serious threats to health and welfare globally. Across the world nurses constitute the largest professional healthcare workforce and typically nurses have numerous daily interactions with healthy and ill individuals, family members, community groups and other care professionals. However evidence to date shows that nurses can find it difficult to meaningfully incorporate and prioritise a full range of practices that can help prevent AMR advancing. The RIPEN study explores how arts and humanities based approaches might help nurses re-view and think about this challenge in a way that optimises this positive prevention work while also re-envisaging practice in the event of a future with minimal or no effective antibiotics.
RIPEN is a collaboration between five UK Higher Education Institutions and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.