Nurses Help Bring Immunity to Our Communities
May 08, 2014
It’s National Nurses Week and the theme for this year is
Whether nurses are employed in private practices, health clinics, hospitals or schools, they will always be on the frontlines of healthcare. And when it comes to immunization issues, nurses are often the ones leading the way. They are not only tasked with helping to educate patients about the risks and benefits of vaccines, but they also assume the difficult job of administering vaccines and providing care for those who are suffering with vaccine preventable diseases.
Since we rely so heavily on nurses in their role of vaccine educators, we must also be committed to providing them with the tools they need to ensure their success. That is why Every Child By Two, in partnership with the American Nurses Association, has created an innovative educational webinar that focuses on practical knowledge about vaccines and vaccine safety, and provides skills to increase immunization competency and improve on patient communication skills. The Bringing Immunity to Every Community – eLearning Course was developed for the nurse in any role or specialty and covers the following:
- Impact of vaccines on society
- How the nursing profession is vital to the promotion of immunizations
- Benefits of vaccination to nurses (and healthcare workers)
- Vaccine safety and adverse event reporting
- Common questions and vaccine myths
- Risk communication methods to reduce concerns and increase vaccine acceptance
One of the highlights of this interactive and engaging webinar are the nurse-panel presentations and patient-nurse video vignettes which feature nurse educators Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, DNP, PNP-BC, CPNP and Katie Brewer, MSN, RN, – two nurses who are passionate about the importance of vaccination. Best of all, the course is currently approved for 2.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit through November 30, 2014. If you’re a nurse, or you know a nurse, who could benefit from this training, be sure to register for the course here.
As we recognize and applaud the nurses who embrace their role as immunization educators, please join us in congratulating Melody Butler, founder of Nurses Who Vaccinate, as she prepares to give a personal presentations to the International Council of Nurses during a live webcast on May 12th. Melody will discuss the key role that nurses play in vaccination decision-making and we invite you to listen in on her presentation through the official Connecting Nurses link on May 12th at 3pm CET.
This guest post was written by Alethea Mshar out of concern for her son Ben. A version of this post originally appeared on her blog Ben’s Writing, Running Mom. Like all parents, my child’s health...
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