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Articles by Elizabeth Heavey, PhD, RN, CNM

Recognizing risk and presence of posttraumatic stress disorder in women

Heavey, Elizabeth

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):28-35, June 2021.

US women who report having experienced significant trauma at some point in their lives range from 50% to 90%. Yet posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) goes largely unrecognized in women. This article discusses ways to monitor, screen, and intervene for PTSD in women.

Guiding patients to appropriate vaccination during pregnancy

Heavey, Elizabeth

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(6):19-24, June 2020.

This article focuses on the two universally recommended vaccines during pregnancy—Tdap and influenza—and how NPs can advocate for the appropriate vaccination of this patient population.

Treating pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Heavey, Elizabeth; Peterson, Kathleen

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(3):44-49, March 2019.

Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) can be caused by infectious and noninfectious triggers. NPs can help children with PANS recover from their symptoms and prevent future recurrences by appropriately screening, recognizing, and diagnosing the clinical presentation of PANS. PANS treatment includes pharmacologic therapies as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.