202265 Equipping the school nurse to be an immunization champion

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM

Nichole K. Bobo, RN, MSN , National Association of School Nurses, Silver Spring, MD

School nurses are in the critical position within their school communities to assess immunization needs, serve in a leadership capacity to develop immunization programs, and promote community awareness of the value of immunizations. Partnership with other community immunization champions promotes a healthy school and broader community, ensuring the health and educational success of students.


Efforts to equip the school nurse with the knowledge, skills and resources to partner in the planning and implementation of community immunization programming involve a multi-faceted approach: online continuing education, toolkits, and media training.


As an immunization champion and partner, the school nurse can contribute to easing the burden of vaccine preventable disease, reducing school absenteeism, and promoting a healthy school environment that fosters student health and academic success.


The National Association of School Nurses partners with government and non-government agencies to develop and disseminate quality, evidence-based information, tools and resources. Outcomes of these outreach efforts include active participation in immunization coalitions, and the development and dissemination of continuing education (CE) programs and toolkits for school nurses.


Successful outcomes resulting from school nurses armed with information, tools and resources to promote immunizations will be cited.


The school nurse, in collaboration with other community immunization champions, is central to the success of promoting a positive immunization message to the community. Resulting improved vaccination coverage rates can result in lowered absentee rates leaving students in the classroom and ready to learn.

Learning Objectives:
Describe four school nurse targeted strategies that result in positive immunization outcomes in schools and the broader community.

Keywords: Immunizations, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Nursing Education Director, National Association of School Nurses 9/00-present providing oversight for NASN immunization programming; Past CDC-NIP Project Coordinator for School Nurse Immunization Promotion Program Project (3 year project, responsible for material development, training programs and national dissemination); CV available upon request.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.