COVID-19: A Healthcare Pandemic

The purpose of this educational offering is to familiarize the healthcare professional with the issues surrounding COVID-19, a coronavirus that is currently causing a healthcare pandemic. This novel or new coronavirus was identified last year (2019), and is currently causing increasing numbers of illness and death worldwide. As this viral infection takes a financial, medical, and emotional toll on the worldwide population, it is imperative that all healthcare workers have a basic understanding of the virus, its symptoms, and transmission, and most importantly, what measures can be taken to lower the risk of infection in all areas of work and home.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 is a new disease and research on its treatment is constantly changing (updating). For the most current information on COVID-19, please check with reliable sources, many of which are listed on the reference page, for the latest up to date treatment guidelines. 

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Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
  1. Discuss what is meant by the term coronavirus and the acronym COVID-19.
  2. Identify signs and symptoms pertaining to the clinical presentation of a suspected coronavirus patient.
  3. Outline infection control issues related to the care of the coronavirus patient.
  4. Discuss the likely origin of coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
  5. Cite proper hand washing guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  6. Describe ongoing research and development of treatments (medications, vaccines, and others) for confirmed coronavirus.
  7. Discuss the differences between the terms outbreak, epidemic, and pandemic.
  8. Discuss the term “social distancing”.
  9. Discuss the term “vulnerable population” as a high-risk group for developing coronavirus.
  10. State the differences between the terms contagious and infectious.


Chapter 1: Introduction, and Learning Objectives

Chapter 2: Origin and Pathophysiology of COVID-19

Chapter 3: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations

Chapter 4: COVID-19 and Emerging Treatment Options

Chapter 5: Nursing Homes: Preparing to Deal with a Pandemic

Chapter 6: When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient

Chapter 7: Caring for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Care Amidst a Pandemic

Chapter 8: References

Chapter 9: Appendix

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.

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