As the pandmic continues to impact health and safety , the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) will continue to develop resources and curate information to support pediatric nurse practioners, family nurse practitioners, other pediatric providers and patient families.
NAPNAP Statements on COVID-19
Association update on Government Relief Funds for Medicaid and CHIP Providers
Statement on Age Parameters During COVID-19 Pandemic
Statement on Immunizations During COVID-19 Outbreak
TeamPeds Experts Live, Town Hall and Webinars
POSTPONED: TeamPeds Town Hall – COVID-19 Update and Vaccine Development. Our guest speaker will be infectious disease and immunology expert Patricia Stinchfield, MSN, CPNP. New date to come.
Back-to-School Health and Safety Advice via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook
Keeping Kids Healthy at Home via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook
Transitioning to Telehealth via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook
Children’s Mental Health during COVID-19 via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook
Provider Wellbeing and Resiliency via TeamPeds Experts live on Facebook
NAPNAP Child Health Policy Learning Collaborative telehealth webinar
Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Experiences During COVID-19 TeamPeds Town Hall
- Many Masks video – video for kids regarding the importance of wearing a mask produced by the University of Miami
- Child health equity has been impacted by the pandemic. Check out our newest resource page for content and free continuing education on improving child health equity for all children.
- Children and COVID state data – curated by Children’s Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics
- Dr. Donna Hallas recommended pediatric providers watch for dermatologic conditions published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on Sept. 21
- Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, Dr. Donna Hallas and PNP Ann Taub provided guidance for Safe return to school: Part 2 published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on Aug. 19.
- Drs. Donna Hallas, Regena Spratling and Emily Cupelli issued a Safe turn to school: call to action published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on Aug. 5
- Dr. Donna Hallas discussed MIS-C cases in children since the pandemic in Contemporary Pediatrics on May 26.
- Dr. Donna Hallas remarked on the continued threat of COVID-19 in Contemporary Pediatrics on April 23.
- Dr. Donna Hallas shared her perspective on pediatric and provider issues related to COVID-19 published online in Contemporary Pediatrics on March 23.
- COVID-19 in Children: Initial Characterization of the Pediatric Disease – pre-publication article that has been peer-reviewed for publication in Pediatrics.
- Vaccinate Your Family – Talking to People About Vaccines During COVID-19
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Children – What Pediatric Health Care Clinicians Need to Know – JAMA Pediatrics
- Watch Sigma’s webinar on communication tips for supporting seriously ill patients, families, and communities.
- CDC information for pediatric healthcare providers, including maintaining childhood immunizations.
- CDC immunization catch-up schedule
- CDC information for clinicians caring for children and pregnant women.
- Lurie Children’s Hospital pandemic care guidelines.
- Children’s Hospital Association recommendations and resources focused on acute care issues.
- OPENPediatrics Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Group with links for healthcare professionals to access up-to-date information.
- Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs overview of available programs.
- National Immigration Law Center FAQs related to COVID-19
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Alternate Care Site (ACS) Toolkit to help state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) entities to address potential shortages in medical facilities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Note: large file may take a few minutes to open/download.
- CDC general guidance and frequently asked questions for healthcare providers about the coronavirus.
- CDC prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease in healthcare settings.
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses “COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS and Ventilator Resources” education module.
- Healio Q&A: Interim protocols for COVID-19 in primary care.
- CMS guidelines for Medicare/Medicaid.
- CMS summary of Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge – provisions include authorizing hospitals to use PAs and NPs to the fullest extent possible, in accordance with a state’s emergency preparedness or pandemic plan and ordering tests and medications that may have previously required a physician’s order where permitted under state law. Full information about waivers can be found on CMS’ webpage.
- The Joint Commission FAQs about granting privileges during a disaster.
- HHS has announced that HIPAA requirements for security will not be enforced against regulated professionals during the COVID-19 response, but the use of secure telecommunication methods remains well-advised and appropriate. Read more.
- OpenWHO.org, a new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies from WHO.
- NIMH resources for coping with stress and mental health during pandemic.
- HHS telehealth website includes information about telehealth options, work flows, policy changes in light of COVID-19, billing and reimbursement.
- CMS State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit
- School-based Health Alliance Recommendations for Education Partners
- FCC begins accepting applications on April 13 for its $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program to support health care providers in expanding telehealth and remote patient monitoring technology to patients.
- Updated: COVID-19 telephone triage protocols for pediatrics – Diagnosed or Suspected and Exposure.
- Center for Connected Health Policy COVID-19 telehealth coverage policies, state actions and video overview of state actions.
- National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers COVID-19 resources.
- AAP Guidance on Providing Pediatric Ambulatory Services via Telehealth During COVID-19
- AAP Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth (SPROUT) – COVID-19 discussion.
- AAP Telehealth Care resources.
- American Academy of Nurse Entrepreneurs telehealth video series – part 1, part 2 and part 3.
- Printable “Stop the Spread of Germs” poster from the CDC. Also available in Spanish and simplified Chinese.
- Printable “Symptoms of the Coronavirus” poster from the CDC. Also available in Spanish and simplified Chinese.
- CDC healthcare professionals preparedness checklist for transport and arrival of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
- The Joint Commission – Promoting psychosocial well-being of health care staff during crisis
- National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience including case studies, resources and publications.
- Coping and Emotional Health during COVID-19
- ANA’s The Well-being Initiative
- Staying Sane and Current on COVID-19 — Advice and resources, by specialty, for those caring for patients
- Sustaining the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel during Coronavirus and other Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
- COVID-19 Exposes the Cracks in Our Already Fragile Mental Health System – American Journal of Public Health
- Masks and PPE: COVID-19 and the Next Pandemic webinar from GWU’s Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.
- Watch step by step video on updated guidelines for donning and doffing PPE from Rush University.
- FDA guidance on mitigation strategies for ventilator shortages.
- CDC strategies for optimizing the supply of N95 respirators.
- World Health Organization (WHO) rational use of personal protective equipment for COVID-19.
- CDC optimization strategies for healthcare personal protective equipment.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing has FAQs for deans, faculty and students. This site will continue to update responses as needed.
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ (NONPF) resources for clinical replacement. Please note educators are responsible for selecting and vetting resources to meet objectives.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s COVID-19 Response Webinar Series offers live and recorded webinars focused on faculty and student topics.
- National Student Nurses Association’s Guidance for Nursing Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Resources to Share with Families
- How to Talk to Your Children about the Coronavirus and Ease their Anxiety – Article by NAPNAP member and NAPNAP’s Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion author Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN.
- Information for Parents about Anxiety in Children and Teens
- Information for Parents on How to Help Your Child/Teen Cope with Stressful Events or Uncertainty
- Information for Teens and School-Age Children about Stress and Anxiety
What is the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How does the COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information.
What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.
Is there a vaccine/treatment?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourself and others include: frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your face; avoid close personal contact with others; and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inside of your elbow.
Members in the Media
Several NAPNAP experts responded to media and stakeholder questions in print and digital interviews.
- PopHealth Perspectives: How I Practice Now: Perspectives From a Nurse on the Frontlines – April 7, 2020
- Newsise: COVID-19 Testing, Drug Discovery, Infectiousness, and more: Press Conference – April 2, 2020
- HuffPost – March 31, 2020
- Mashable – March 31, 2020
- WGEM News (Illinois) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 – April 2, 2020
Legislation & Regulatory Information
Federal and state rules during the pandemic are subject to change. We recommend you consult your state board of nursing for the most current practice related rules.
- AANP is tracking regulatory changes – COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements
- NCSBN info on Emergency Response by States and Nurses, including exceptions for inactive and retired licenses.
- AAP prepared a COVID-19 Response Advocacy Report.
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Read more from NAPNAP and access a section by section summary.
- The Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released documents that provide overviews to key sections of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was passed on March 25, 2020. View or download to read more: Finance or H.E.L.P.
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