COVID-19 diagnostic testing
Nurse knowledge can improve test administration, ensure efficacy, and increase result accuracy
• Three COVID-19 diagnostic testing methods are available: molecular, antigen, and antibody.
• Each method has unique advantages and disadvantages.
• Nursing knowledge can help ensure accurate testing use, interpretation, and application.
Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the June 2021 issue of American Nurse Journal.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry has created several testing methodologies to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in those who currently are infected and antibodies in those who were previously infected. These tests were de