Nursing: Emerging Infectious Diseases: A World View

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About the Webinar Course

This webinar course has been previously recorded.  

Although we have all considered the potential impact of emerging infectious disease, the world’s current battle with Covid-19 is shifting the hypothetical into a reality, impacting each global citizen. At the root are a variety of infectious pathogens, some representing a resultant disease and each featuring varying abilities to pass between people. In addition to bugs that have wreaked havoc for centuries (e.g., Yersinia pestis: the Plague), in excess of 40 novel infectious diseases have appeared in the past 50 years (e.g., MERS, Covid-19). Additionally, pathogens that lead to worldwide disease (pandemic), it is critical to also respect those that cause limited endemic or epidemic disease. The world has suffered from deadly infectious diseases for many years, with some pathogens resulting in far worse consequences than others. Covid-19 will pass with yet unknown societal impact. Sadly, it will likely be followed by novel pandemics, some less virulent, and others more devastating. Nurses will always be on the front line - playing key roles in fighting the disease and showing their patients how to best adapt to life in a non-sterile world. There are many low-cost, high impact practices nurses can teach that will reduce the frequency and burden of emerging infectious disease.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this webinar course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe two ways that infectious diseases spread.
  • Name one event required to allow an emerging infectious disease to become established.
  • Distinguish: endemic versus epidemic versus pandemic.
  • Understand how the basic reproduction number relates to disease transmissibility.
  • Discuss the re-emergence of at least one infectious disease thought to be contained.
  • Identify three key practices for preventing infectious disease.
  • Appreciate the effect of herd immunity.

About the Presenter:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD trained as a clinical pharmacist, has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 20+ years.  His initial role was as a Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics reviewer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by 15 years of leading early development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries.  In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist and enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, leading workshops, and developing continuing education programs for pharmacy, nursing, and other medical professionals.

Content Reviewer:
June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN

Dr. Thompson has a long history of working in emergency care and in the community.  She holds a doctoral degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology and health services administration.  Dr. Thompson has held academic positions at the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, and the University of New Mexico.  She is currently the Lead Nurse Planner for Elite Healthcare. 

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