Improving Immunization Coverage:
Clarifying Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of School Nurses
In September 2009 NASN was awarded a three year cooperative agreement from the CDC as part of their efforts to increase immunization rates in our country through health care provider partnerships titled Improving Immunization Coverage: Clarifying Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of School Nurses. CDC recognizes the important role school nurses play in promoting both required and recommended vaccines for students, school personnel and the broader school community.
School nurses potentially contribute to decreased immunization rates due to varied levels of knowledge about vaccines and vaccine preventable disease, and personal beliefs and attitudes. The goal of the program is to identify gaps in knowledge and erroneous attitudes and beliefs of school nurses, then target information and resources to address the deficit areas. Equipping the school nurse with accurate information, evidence-based resources, and effective immunization messages will lead to improved immunization rates among members of the school community – students, families, school personnel, and school nurses. While seasonal influenza and its related vaccine will be the focus of this project, lessons learned and catalogued resources will have transferability to other vaccine preventable diseases encountered by the school nurse.
During this first year of the project NASN is actively sought input from school nurses through focus groups and an online survey. The school nurse voice indicated a variety of venues are needed to provide immunization resources to enhance school nursing practice – including this blog.
This CDC funding supports NASN’s commitment to provide evidence based tools to enhance school nursing practice regarding immunizations. The school nurse holds an important leadership role in promoting immunizations to prevent vaccine preventable disease.
For additional information, contact Nichole Bobo NASN Nursing Education Director & Immunization Project Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 303/907-2706).
This was supported by award number 1U66IP000392 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.