Nursing: COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know
15.00
Video
Elective
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This course was recorded from a live webinar that took place on March 17, 2021.

Several COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy in preventing symptoms and serious illness from the virus and have received emergency use approval by the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Additional vaccines in the pipeline from major pharmaceutical companies are expected to help with mass vaccination efforts. Nurses play a key role in educating patients and community members about vaccination, administering vaccines, and surveillance for potential side effects. This course presents an overview of the COVID-19 virus and how it spreads; the goals of vaccination and what is needed to attain herd immunity; discussion on vaccine hesitancy and barriers to vaccination; and nurses’ important roles throughout the global pandemic, including vaccination. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the mechanisms of spread for the COVID-19 virus and the effects on public health.
  • Understand the value of vaccination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe vaccine hesitancy and how this impacts vaccination goals.
  • Show the importance of nurses to the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Author the Presenter
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP

Dr. Margaret A. Fitzgerald is an experienced clinician, successful entrepreneur, award-winning author, and renowned speaker. She is Founder of, and principal speaker at, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, a leading national provider of Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification preparation and continuing education. In her educator role, Dr. Fitzgerald has contributed to the advancement of the nursing profession and practice through hundreds of publications, and thousands of presentations. A sought-after national speaker, Dr. Fitzgerald is a renowned clinician, recognized for her pharmacology, clinical assessment, and infectious disease expertise. She is a presenter and author of numerous infectious disease topics, including COVID-19, HIV, viral hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, varicella, chikungunya, dengue fever, and others. Dr. Fitzgerald practices at a federally qualified health center in Lawrence, MA, where for more than 3 decades she has been privileged to provide multi-generation family, primary and urgent care. For more than 14 years, she has served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at AllWays Health Partners, one of the largest HMOs in New England. The best-selling textbook for NP Certification Examination and Practice that Dr. Fitzgerald authored won the prestigious American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year award. A tenacious advocate, and dedicated mentor, to many well-known NP speakers and leaders, her achievements have earned Dr. Fitzgerald many honors. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at Frances Payne Bolton (FPB) School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Content Reviewer
Michelle Doran, MS, RN

Michelle Doran is a Professional Development Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Ms. Doran’s clinical and leadership experience spans primary, acute and rehabilitation care, school nursing, and the health plan industry. Her career has been heavily rooted in community health and working with vulnerable populations in urban and rural communities.

Course ID: 48647
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COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

15.00
This course was recorded from a live webinar that took place on March 17, 2021.

Several COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy in preventing symptoms and serious illness from the virus and have received emergency use approval by the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Additional vaccines in the pipeline from major pharmaceutical companies are expected to help with mass vaccination efforts. Nurses play a key role in educating patients and community members about vaccination, administering vaccines, and surveillance for potential side effects. This course presents an overview of the COVID-19 virus and how it spreads; the goals of vaccination and what is needed to attain herd immunity; discussion on vaccine hesitancy and barriers to vaccination; and nurses’ important roles throughout the global pandemic, including vaccination. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the mechanisms of spread for the COVID-19 virus and the effects on public health.
  • Understand the value of vaccination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe vaccine hesitancy and how this impacts vaccination goals.
  • Show the importance of nurses to the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Author the Presenter
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP

Dr. Margaret A. Fitzgerald is an experienced clinician, successful entrepreneur, award-winning author, and renowned speaker. She is Founder of, and principal speaker at, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, a leading national provider of Nurse Practitioner (NP) certification preparation and continuing education. In her educator role, Dr. Fitzgerald has contributed to the advancement of the nursing profession and practice through hundreds of publications, and thousands of presentations. A sought-after national speaker, Dr. Fitzgerald is a renowned clinician, recognized for her pharmacology, clinical assessment, and infectious disease expertise. She is a presenter and author of numerous infectious disease topics, including COVID-19, HIV, viral hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, varicella, chikungunya, dengue fever, and others. Dr. Fitzgerald practices at a federally qualified health center in Lawrence, MA, where for more than 3 decades she has been privileged to provide multi-generation family, primary and urgent care. For more than 14 years, she has served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at AllWays Health Partners, one of the largest HMOs in New England. The best-selling textbook for NP Certification Examination and Practice that Dr. Fitzgerald authored won the prestigious American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year award. A tenacious advocate, and dedicated mentor, to many well-known NP speakers and leaders, her achievements have earned Dr. Fitzgerald many honors. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at Frances Payne Bolton (FPB) School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Content Reviewer
Michelle Doran, MS, RN

Michelle Doran is a Professional Development Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Ms. Doran’s clinical and leadership experience spans primary, acute and rehabilitation care, school nursing, and the health plan industry. Her career has been heavily rooted in community health and working with vulnerable populations in urban and rural communities.

Course ID: 48647