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Pulmonary and Respiratory

American Association of Nurse Practitioners - Pulmonary and Respiratory

Continuing Education Courses

The AANP CE Center offers a wide variety of continuing education (CE) activities for nurse practitioners (NPs). Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitoiners® (AANP) get more, including access to many free activities and significantly discounted rates on others.

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JAANP Resource Center

Find evidence-based articles, up-to-date guidelines and other pulmonology and respiratory resources at this resource center, brought to you by the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP).

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NP Tools and Resources

AANP-Developed Resources to Support NPs in Treating Your Patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinical Resource Tool

NPs are essential to the early diagnosis and treatment of COPD. Whether facing a patient at risk for developing COPD or adjusting treatment for a patient with poorly controlled COPD symptoms, NPs in clinical practice must start this important conversation. AANP, in conjunction with expert NP faculty Susan Corbridge and Corinne Young, have developed this useful tool to help NPs discuss timely diagnosis, implement appropriate treatment according to current Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines and adjust therapy for patients who are at increased risk due to infections, exacerbation or inadequate care.

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This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Viatris and AstraZeneca, PLP.

Influenza Vaccination Tool for NPs

This provider tool is a resource for improving influenza prevention and facilitating confident conversations about vaccination. This tool can be printed and shared with office staff responsible for ordering or administering influenza vaccinations.

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This tool is made possible by an independent educational grant from Seqirus.

How Common Is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)? Resource Tool

Designed to support NPs in primary care — who play a crucial role in the management of patients with PAH, a rare, complex disease — this tool explains the clinical presentations of PAH, provides an overview of treatment options and identifies when patients should be referred to pulmonary hypertension (PH) centers.

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Pneumococcal Vaccination Across the Lifespan Integrating Vaccine Recommendations

This informative handout for the NP provides a summary of the FDA-approved pneumococcal vaccines as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for their use. Handy resources in this tool include QR codes that direct you to CDC information and the PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor clinical app which will help you make a quick and accurate determination as to which, if any, pneumococcal vaccination is appropriate for your patient.

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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Strategies to Facilitate Smoking Cessation: Patient Scenarios

View this case scenario vignette video of an NP counseling a simulated patient regarding smoking cessation. Observe an interweaving of the "5 As," recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as motivational interviewing techniques.

AANP developed and produced this video through support from Pfizer Inc.

Smoking Cessation Videos: Advice From NPs

Hear from AANP members and expert NPs as you gain advice to help your patients quit smoking.

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Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Pharmacologic Treatment for Smoking Cessation

FDA-approved Pharmacologic Treatment for Smoking Cessation is a clinician education tool designed to support NPs in educating patients on their options for pharmacologic smoking cessation therapies, including nicotine-replacement therapy, non-nicotine therapy and combination therapy. This tool puts information about smoking cessation medication dosing and common side effects at your fingertips.

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AANP developed and produced this tool through support from Pfizer Inc.

Patient Education Tools and Resources

Healthy Habits to Prevent Influenza Handout

This two-page patient handout discusses influenza prevention on page one and influenza treatment, including tips for taking antiviral medications, on page two. This handout can be printed and placed in waiting rooms and exam rooms or handed to patients to promote clinical discussions around influenza prevention and treatment.

Made possible by educational grants from Seqirus and Genentech, a member of the Roche group.

External Resources

Conveniently Curated Information From Other Top Sources

There are many resources available for both patients and providers. Some of them are listed below for your convenience. Inclusion of these links does not imply AANP endorsement.



Sleep Apnea

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