Nursing: Fundamentals of Telehealth: Registered Nursing Practice in the Virtual Care Environment

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About the Course

This course explores the basic telehealth concepts and technology applicable to the registered nursing telehealth arena, examining the role of the telehealth nurse, paying attention to legal and regulatory concerns, and temporary changes to regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course discusses how telehealth can be used in disasters, emergencies, epidemics, and pandemics. Distinguishing how traditional nursing care translates to the virtual practice environment is essential to preserving the art and science of nursing in the virtual care environment. These issues are explored by considering how telehealth nurses know nursing, know the patient, and know the technology. The course concludes with a review of the competencies for nursing telehealth practice so nurses can be knowledgeable and effective.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the webinar course, the learner will be able to:
  • Characterize basic telehealth concepts including application to healthcare, barriers and benefits, telehealth programs, and telehealth service delivery systems.
  • Differentiate between the basic types of telehealth technologies and their application to practice.
  • Examine roles of the registered nurse in the virtual care environment.
  • Examine application of telehealth in natural disasters, healthcare emergencies/crises, and epidemics and pandemics.
  • Apply legal and regulatory considerations to telehealth nursing practice.
  • Describe how traditional nursing care translates to the virtual practice environment.
  • Appraise telehealth competencies for the registered nurse in the virtual care environment.

About the Author:

Patty Alane Schweickert, DNP, FNP-C

Dr. Schweickert is an experienced Nurse Practitioner at the University of Virginia (UVA) and general faculty in the UVA School of Medicine. She has a diverse foundation for telehealth practice and education with over 32 years of experience in a variety of nursing arenas including nursing education and clinical telehealth. Dr. Schweickert is a doctorally prepared nurse with a BSN, an MSN in Critical Care Nursing, a Post-Masters Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She was a student member of the American Telemedicine Association Board of Directors from 2010–2012 and was presented with the American Telemedicine Association Student Paper Award in 2011 for her work in tele-education. Since graduating with a DNP in 2011, she has focused on educating nurses in telehealth and has developed telehealth programs to address rural health care needs. Dr. Schweickert and her team received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Award in 2015 for a nursing preceptor education program titled: Advanced Practice Nurse Preceptor Link and Clinical Education (APN PLACE) and a 2016 HRSA Grant Award for a School Telehealth Program titled: Better Health Care for Kids, Parents, and Communities (eBACKPAC). She was the Program Director of APN PLACE from 2015–2018. Currently, she is on the clinical faculty at the UVA School of Nursing where she teaches telehealth, a contributing faculty member at the Walden University College of Health Sciences DNP Program, and part of the adjunct faculty at the ODU College of Health Sciences, where she collaborates with colleagues to promote and teach telehealth nursing. She was a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) work group that developed the position paper on telehealth for nurse practitioner education. She is a co-editor on an upcoming advanced practice nursing book on telehealth. She is also a published researcher in nursing telehealth education, telehealth stroke education, neuroradiology, and a variety of nursing topics.

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