American Nurse Today Publishes Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Continuing Education Program to Coincide with Vaccination Time and Review Latest Guidelines on Therapy

Doylestown, PA, September 19, 2008 --( American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has published “Community-acquired pneumonia: Follow the guidelines to better outcomes,” a continuing education (CE) program released just in time to remind nurses to encourage patients who should receive the pneumococcal vaccine to seek vaccination. The article, by Susan B. Fowler, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAHA, outlines the management of CAP based on joint guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of American and the American Thoracic Society.

“CAP can and does affect people of all ages,” says Dr. Fowler, “so no matter where nurses work—a physician’s office, clinic, emergency department (ED), acute care hospital, or long-term care facility—they should be prepared to care for a patient with CAP. Dr. Fowler is a clinical nurse researcher at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey, and is a former outcomes manager for pneumonia.

“It’s vital that patients with CAP receive the proper antibiotic regimen,” says Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNAA-BC, Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today. “Dr. Fowler takes the intricate practice guidelines and presents them clearly and effectively.” Other topics include when to use diagnostic tests, nursing care, and prevention.

Nurses can earn 1.6 hours of CE credit, and nurse practitioners can earn .75 contact hour of pharmacology credit by taking the course online at

American Nurse Today reaches 175,000 nurses including 160,000 members of ANA. In addition to keeping nurses abreast of ANA’s advocacy for the profession, American Nurse Today provides valuable, peer-reviewed, evidence based clinical, practical and career information that nurses can assimilate into their busy practices immediately.

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The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP6178.

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