Testing for COVID-19: Issues and Implications for Nurses (Online Course)

Testing for COVID-19 is used to make decisions that impact nurses and other healthcare workers—testing is used to determine precautions for hospitalized patients and when positive workers can return to work. Testing builds the data used to make decisions around public health precautions, such as stay-at-home orders and when to re-open safely.

But testing for COVID-19 has also been plagued with issues from the beginning. Access to testing was initially severely restricted and has been inequitably available. High false negative and false positive rates have cast doubt on what results mean. Many employers have stopped using testing to determine when it is safe for a COVID-positive worker to return to work. The health and safety of nurses, healthcare workers, and their patients is directly impacted by testing and how COVID-19 tests are used.

Understanding issues surrounding testing is important to advocacy for safe care. This CE course will discuss issues related to COVID-19 testing, how they impact nurses and their patients, and what advocacy for safer care can look like.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss issues surrounding PCR and antibody tests for COVID-19.
  2. Describe steps participants can take to advocate for safer care.

Course Information and Credits:

This will be a 2-hour online course via Zoom that can be completed for 2 hours of continuing education credits. After registering at the link below, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class. If you have any questions, please contact Susie Gonzalez at

During the COVID-19 pandemic all CE course are being offered free of charge to all Registered Nurses. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 2 CEH.