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COVID-19 Coverage

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/24/2022
  • Contains:  48 items
The latests news updates regarding COVID-19.
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34th Annual APRN Legislative Update: Trends in APRN practice authority during the COVID-19 global pandemic

Phillips, Susanne J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 47(1):21-47, January 2022.

Relaxation of existing regulations in supervision, collaboration, license renewal, and portability due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic improved practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in reduced- and restricted practice states. This 34th Annual Legislative Update covers the scope of practice changes, and legislative and regulatory decisions that most impacted APRNs across the US in 2021.

Post-COVID conditions—What practitioners need to know

Waterbury, Susan

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(11):44-49, November 2021.

Up to 80% of patients have symptoms lasting 4-12 weeks or longer post infection with COVID-19. Persistent symptoms can be diverse and may include myalgia, insomnia, mobility issues, hair loss, loss of smell/taste, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and depression. More evidence will be forthcoming regarding long-term COVID-19 sequelae.

COVID-19 pneumonia: What APRNs should know

Avadhani, Amita; Cardinale, Maria; Akintade, Bimbola

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(7):22-28, July 2021.

COVID-19-associated pneumonia is a complex acute care diagnosis that requires careful evaluation and management. This article includes pertinent recommendations for management of acutely ill patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.

COVID-19 and telehealth: How to complete a successful telehealth visit

Summer, Georgianne; Adelman, Deborah S.; Fant, Catherine

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):43-47, June 2021.

In the third and final article in this series, patient and provider dynamics are explored, built from real-life telehealth experiences. The Four Habits Model is utilized to examine the virtual visit.

COVID-19 and the golden years

Kroll, Nicole L.; Sanchez-Jones, Tamika; Atchley, Megan Danielle; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):37-42, June 2021.

The impact of COVID-19 on older adults may not be readily apparent. Personal protective and social distancing measures can reduce activity levels, increase feelings of isolation and loss, and result in lapsed medical care. NPs must recognize detrimental impacts on overall health and wellness and assist older adults in overcoming them.

Minimizing risk of infection when using developmental and psychological assessment tools: Looking beyond COVID-19

Cheng, Alison S.; Kang, Ying Qi; Lim, Tammy S.H.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(6):12-16, June 2021.

Swift spread of COVID-19 across the world led to the implementation of unique measures to contain its spread. We propose safe practices within developmental and behavioral pediatrics settings including evaluating assessment materials for ease of sanitization and employing a structured sanitization work-system.

COVID-19 and telehealth: Applying telehealth and telemedicine in a pandemic

Adelman, Deborah S.; Fant, Catherine; Summer, Georgianne

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(5):34-43, May 2021.

In this second article of a three-part series, we explore how stakeholders can be educated on the use of telehealth technology and telemedicine. We address the need for staff and patient support for the transition to telehealth and offer suggestions to NPs for appropriate presentation and interaction with interdisciplinary teams and patients regarding telehealth.

The role of telemedicine in gynecologic healthcare: A narrative review

Weltin, Ann; Etcher, LuAnn

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(5):24-31, May 2021.

This article offers a comprehensive narrative literature review on telemedicine use in gynecologic healthcare analyzing current telemedicine integration in the field and outlining innovative and best practices. Telemedicine use in contraceptive care, sexually transmitted infections, acute and chronic gynecologic conditions, and education are discussed. NPs are in a unique position to offer these services to patients in need of women's healthcare services. Barriers, facilitators, clinical implications, and future research are addressed.

COVID-19 and telehealth: Issues facing healthcare in a pandemic

Fant, Catherine; Adelman, Deborah S.; Summer, Georgianne A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(3):16-19, March 2021.

Providing safe nonemergent care during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been challenging for NPs. This article, the first of a three-part series, will discuss telehealth and telemedicine and provide a brief history of the two. The benefits, challenges, and temporary changes due to COVID-19 will also be addressed.

Reducing the wait: When time is priceless

Atchley, Megan Danielle; Kroll, Nicole Peters; Etcher, LuAnn

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(2):50-55, February 2021.

Today, healthcare providers are not only charged with providing high-quality evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes, but also with completing quick patient visits due to time constraints to necessitate financial reimbursement. This article summarizes current evidence to determine best practices for managing outpatient wait times and improve outcomes, satisfaction, quality, and continuity of care.

Risk of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis with COVID-19: A Syndemic Approach

Muhrer, Jill C.

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(2):44-49, February 2021.

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are common problems in healthcare and are typically related to patient, provider, and socioeconomic factors. A syndemics model of COVID-19 is used to analyze the synergistic relationship between diseases and influences that impact patients' living conditions and health. NPs can use this approach to promote patient safety and equitable healthcare.

Elevated liver function tests in COVID-19: Causes, clinical evidence, and potential treatments

Clark, Ricketta; Waters, Bradford; Stanfill, Ansley Grimes

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):21-26, January 2021.

COVID-19 causes severe respiratory and multiorgan failure, including liver damage and elevated transaminase levels. This article addresses the potential causes of liver function abnormalities in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and management approaches for NPs focusing on preventing and alleviating liver injury.

Using telehealth for diabetes self-management in underserved populations

Ju, Hsiao-Hui

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(11):26-33, November 2020.

Diabetes self-management is a complex process and central to well-being of patients with this chronic disorder. A patient-centered telehealth program may potentially meet needs of those in underserved populations to reduce socioeconomic disparities. Achieving this goal requires a focused concentration on health behaviors and practices of individuals in underserved populations.

Disaster response resources and research goals for NPs

Wood, Laura; Zak, Concetta; Adelman, Deborah S.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(7):42-47, July 2020.

This final installment presents an overview of the series and calls for NPs to become more educated in disaster response planning, more involved in disaster response research, and better trained to lead in disaster response.

The personal and professional responsibilities of NPs in disaster response

Zak, Concetta L.; Wood, Laura Kay; Adelman, Deborah S.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(5):34-40, May 2020.

The fourth article in the Disaster Series presents the various duties that NPs may assume in a disaster. NPs possess advanced clinical knowledge and skills that position them to play key roles in all phases of a disaster.