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Discuss 2 historical advances in microbiology. (USLO 1.1)Discuss the importance of microbiology and how it relates to the nursing profession. (USLO 1.2)List and compare the major groups of microorganisms and provide an example of each (USLO 1.3)Describe methods used in microbiology such as microscopy and staining techniques (USLO 1.4)According to the book Microbiology, (Parker et al., 2018),the first historical advance I will discuss is the discovery by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek using a microscope with a lens, that he invented, powerful enough to see microbes. Both were huge discoveries that contributed to what we now call microbiology. He called the microbes he observed “animalcules” or “wee littlebeasties”( I prefer “wee little beasties). The microbes being described were from a drop of rain water. The microbes that can be identified through his drawings and descriptions werebacteria and protists.The next important discovery was made by Robert Koch. He discovered a way to identify whether or not certain organism was responsible for a certain disease. Koch’s Postulates link a disease with a pathogen. It is important to identify the cause of the disease so that a plan can be devised to kill the pathogen. Koch’s Postulates are as follows:1.The suspected pathogen must be found in every case of the disease and not be found in healthy individuals.2.The suspected pathogen can be isolated and grown in pure culture.3.A healthy test subject infected with the pathogen must develop the same signs and symptoms of the disease as seen in postulate 1.4.The pathogen must be re-isolated from the new host and must be identical to the pathogen from postulate 2.Microbiology is important to nursing because it helps us determine the pathogen causing the disease of the patient. After we determine the cause of the disease, we can come up with a plan to treat the patient. There are some diseases that we don’t know how to treat yet. So, that can help us prepare the patient for living with the disease or dying. For those that have options of treatment, the treatment will guide us as to how to treat the patient.ReferencesParker, N., Schneegurt, M., Tu, A.-H. T., Forster, B. M., & Lister, P. (2018). Microbiology. OpenStax. Oct 2 at 2:21pmManage Discussion EntryDiscuss the importance of microbiology and how it relates to the nursing profession. (USLO 1.2)
Microbiology is important because it helps understand and dive into infections and diseases. When one can learn and understand microbiology, it can be beneficial to you as a nurse, to better understand why there are universal precautions that are set in place for safe patient handling.As nurses, or in healthcare in general, it is important to grasp the importance of sanitation and the prevention of further spreading germs. Inthe nursing world, we place foley catheters, insert IV’s, assist with sutures, administer medications and so much more, that is important to learn how microbes can infect a patient by simply not sanitizing properly.

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