Tick Talk: Addressing Misconceptions in Lyme Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour of which 0.25 contains pharmacology. This continuing education activity is free to National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) members and non-members. This course is an archived presentation from NAPNAP's 2023 National Conference. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, with approximately 476,000 people diagnosed and treated each year. Pediatric-focused APRNs in both high- and low-incidence areas may encounter Lyme disease, particularly with endemic areas expanding and increased patient travel. A 2022 survey of more than 600 nurse practitioners and other health care providers revealed that the respondents do not have strong confidence in their Lyme disease knowledge, and provider knowledge gaps exist regarding the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. This session will review key findings of this survey and address common misconceptions in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

NAPNAP was awarded funding for to support this education via CDC’s Mobilizing Pediatric Provider Networks: An Education and Training Initiative to Prevent and Control Infectious Disease Threats federal project.

Please note that this program is a recording from a live and virtual session from NAPNAP 2023 national conference in Orlando, Fla. If you earned CE for this session, this course will be a duplicate.

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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an agency providing continuing education credit. individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post tests will be awarded 1.0 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners contact hours.

Keywords: Lyme disease, tick, infectious disease

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the etiology and epidemiology of Lyme disease in the US.
  • Identify key findings from the 2022 NAPNAP survey, including Lyme disease awareness, provider confidence, knowledge gaps and vaccine sentiment.
  • Improve understanding of diagnostic approach for potential Lyme disease cases, including laboratory testing.
  • Discuss appropriate treatment plans based on clinical presentation of Lyme disease.
  • Explore available practice resources for providers and families regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
Course summary
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Ashley Gyura, DNP, CPNP-PC


Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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