During the pandemic, misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccine made pandemic management even more challenging. Misinformation was the primary reason for COVID vaccine hesitance. This 2-part series will highlight the relationship between health literacy and medical misinformation and the factors influencing a person's vulnerability to misinformation. Participants will be able to practice communication skills to address the misinformation and facilitate healthy behaviors.
Letha Joseph, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, FFNMRCSI, FAANP, is the director of the Geriatric and Extended Care Nurse Practitioner Residency program at the Durham VA Healthcare System. She is a Consulting Associate at the Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Joseph graduated BSN from Delhi University, India, and MSN in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. She is an alumna of the Duke-Johnson and Johnson advanced practice nurse leadership program. She serves in the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium’s Vaccine Confidence Advisory Council. Dr. Joseph’s accolades include the Veteran Affairs Secretary’s Award for Nursing Excellence, Nurse of the Year for Practice from the North Carolina Nurses Association, and Durham VA Health Care System Nurse Practitioner of the Year. She is a Faculty Fellow of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (FFNMRCSI) and a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).
Alphonsa Rahman, DNP, APRN, CNS, CCRN is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Rahman is Joint Faculty at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Associate Faculty for the Graduate Studies at the Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is a Fellow at the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Leadership Academy. Her expertise includes organizational leadership, evidence-based practices, patient safety/quality, clinical outcomes, policy development, and integration of healthcare technology. She is passionate about nursing education, coaching, mentoring, service, and community education. Her accolades include the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Preceptor Shining Star award, Community Service Award, and Leader Extraordinaire award.