262060 Results of Year Two: Utilizing Student Nurses for Mobile Flu Shot Clinics

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reginald Fennell, PhD, MCHES, NREMT-P , Deparment of Kinesiology and Health (KNH), Miami University, Oxford, OH
Christopher Escue, MS, CHES , Department of Kinesiology and Health, Miami University (OH), Oxford, OH
Brenda Young, DNP, RN, NP-C , Department of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, OH
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends “annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months in the United States”. There is a need to provide access to secondary and post-secondary students to increase influenza vaccinations, as well as other groups in the community. During the 2010 and 2011 flu seasons, to increase influenza vaccinations, B.S.N. students completed supervised 66-hour community clinical internships on a mobile health clinic. Through collaborations with the Department of Nursing, Student Health Services, and Student Affairs a mobile health clinic demonstrated an innovative method of delivering influenza vaccinations to college students. Each year during flu season, the Mobile Health Unit (MHU), as part of a national demonstration project, was parked in selected locations on campus for flu shot clinics. During four clinics in 2010, 431 students were vaccinated. During ten clinics in 2011, 491 students were vaccinated. These mobile health flu clinics were conducted with minimal cost and minimal use of paid clinical staff. Using this method, there was an increase in influenza vaccinations in the student population. With more than 55 million secondary school students and an estimated 18 million college students in the United States (Department of Education), could utilization of mobile health clinics increase accessibility and serve as a cost effective method to provide preventive services? Discussion will include the possible increase in student accessibility and decrease in cost by incorporating B.S.N. students, as interns, within secondary and post-secondary healthcare delivery systems.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe the utilization of student nurses on a mobile health clinic to provide flu vaccinations for post-secondary students Identify key collaborative partners in planning mobile influenza vaccination clinics Discuss the implications for mobilizing influenza vaccination clinics and other preventive services for secondary and post-secondary students Discuss the potential increase of access to influenza vaccines while reducing healthcare cost

Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Preventive Medicine

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Professor of Health Promotion at Miami University and past President of the American College Health Association (ACHA). I am one of the three Executive Editors of the Journal of American College Health (JACH), the only scholarly journal devoted entirely to the health of college students. I have authored more than 30 publications and given more than 150 presentations at professional conferences and symposiums.
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.