The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the use of telehealth and telenursing, shifting the paradigm centered around in-person care. As a result, nurses needed to quickly adapt to implementing telemedicine as a principal method of care for their patients. However, telehealth and telenursing are still not well understood within the nursing community. Patient access to telemedicine faces several barriers, including the belief that telehealth and telenursing are not adequate forms of care, or that a virtual visit is too difficult or time-consuming to set up.
This micro-course provides updated knowledge for nurses regarding current practices in telehealth and telenursing, including legal and regulatory considerations. Considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare practice changes, especially the accelerated use of telemedicine and telenursing, this micro-course also explores potential barriers to practices and innovative ways to address access to care.
What You Will Learn
Upon successful completion of this micro-course, you will be able to:
- Define telehealth and telenursing.
- Differentiate among the different types and modalities of telehealth and telenursing.
- Examine the current legal and regulatory status of telehealth and telenursing.
- List barriers to telehealth and telenursing practice.
- Evaluate competencies needed to practice telehealth and telenursing.
- Examine the impacts of the pandemic on telehealth and telenursing clinical practice and on patient outcomes.
Walden University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development through the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Unit P0469.
Criteria for Obtaining Contact Hours
This nursing continuing professional development course consists of seven micro-courses with content that includes overviews and descriptions, engagement activities, resources, and seven assessments. Please note ePortfolio activities are optional material. Within 180 days of the course purchase date, follow these steps to claim nursing contact hours:
- Complete all content in each micro-course,
- Achieve 80% or higher for each assessment,
- Complete the end of course evaluation, and
- Download and print or save your contact hour certificate.
The planners and authors of this nursing continuing professional development activity disclose no relevant financial relationships.
While professional development activities offered by an American Nurses Credentialing Center Provider Unit typically satisfy the requirements of most states, Walden University recommends that participants ensure that the content offered meets their individual requirements. To the extent that contact hours must be approved within one’s state of residence or licensure, participants should check with their state board of nursing before enrolling in any professional development activity. The state board of nursing determines the number and type of contact hours that can be claimed for professional development activities.
You will have 24 hours, or until you receive your completion certificate, to request a full refund after purchase, whichever comes first. No hidden fees. All books and materials are included with purchase.