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Increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in US

Over the weekend, there was an increase in the amount of confirmed coronavirus cases to hit the United States; currently, there are five confirmed cases. Additionally, there has been an increase in both the amount...

First coronavirus patient identified in U.S.

On the heels of today's earlier post regarding the increase mortality rates in Wuhan, China from the coronavirus, The New York Times (NYT) just released an article detailing news that the first U.S. patient with coronavirus has...

Deaths from coronavirus rise

In the past 24 hours, news coverage of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China has become more and more rampant. I first heard of the outbreak from my husband last night before bed, and was...

First FDA-approved treatment for preventing Ebola virus

In late December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Merck’s Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease. The FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legislation, and International...

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Hands: Keep them clean

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today It's National Handwashing Awareness Week, so what better time to remind everyone about the importance of hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infection?  The American...

Boosting HPV vaccination rates: A call to action

Faculty Nancy R. Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, is a nurse practitioner at Michigan Healthcare Professionals in Farmington Hills and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit,...

Antibiotic stewardship

Every nurse has a responsibility to prevent antibiotic resistance. Takeaways: Nurses have a key role to play in preventing infections and preserving the power of antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing danger that threatens our...
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Position Statement: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse practitioners...

This week is International Infection Prevention Week!

This week is International Infection Prevention Week, and American Nurse Today recognizes the importance of raising awareness of infection prevention. American Nurse Today offers several resources, including our Technology’s Role in Infection Prevention Advisor Series,...

Sexually transmitted diseases: An update on retesting guidelines and reinfection prevention strategies

Approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year.1 To help healthcare providers (HCPs) treat these infections and prevent new infections, the CDC has issued Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015, an...

CDC Reports a Rise in cases of STDs

In early October 2019, the CDC released a report showcasing a rise in the rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in the United States. The report states that cases of these sexually transmitted diseases...

STI cases reach record high

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The United States is experiencing an alarming rise in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is what’s being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and...