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Vaccine Hesitancy and the School Nurse's Role to Alleviate Parents Concerns [Enduring]

Release Date: 11/17/2022
Expiration Date: 11/17/2024
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2021.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will be awarded 1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) contact hour.

Instructions to Complete This NCPD Program
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Program Overview
Vaccine hesitancy is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services.” In 2019 it was identified as one of the top 10 threats to global health and identified as a growing issue in more than 90 countries. Vaccine hesitancy is leaving our communities vulnerable to preventable outbreaks because of the growing number of children without their childhood vaccines. School nurse professionals play a vital role in enhancing vaccine uptake by providing a strong vaccine recommendation. Participants will review common vaccine myths and learn what the science says about them. The session will provide two evidence-based methods of conversations through the CASE Method and Motivational Interviewing to engage with vaccine-hesitant parents and caregivers in having important conversations about vaccines. The skills and resources gained will equip school nurse professionals to increase vaccine rates in their communities and protect their students from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational program, learners will be able to: 

  • Discuss the current immunization climate in the United States.
  • Discuss the role school nurses and other healthcare professionals play in the protection from vaccine-preventable diseases in their communities.
  • Discuss common vaccine myths associated with vaccination and what the science says about them.
  • Discuss strategies for engaging vaccine-hesitant parents in meaningful conversation.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a practice, skill, and knowledge NCPD program developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.

Kathleen A. Gore, MPH 
Coalition and Education Programs Manager 
The Immunization Partnership

Faculty and Nurse Planner(s) Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational program content is free of commercial interest, bias, influence, and that the integrity of the content is uncompromised. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner(s), faculty, and reviewers disclose there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this program.

Accreditation Statement
The National Association of School Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning program.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.