Improving Vaccination Rates for Healthcare Personnel/IVR Needs Assessment

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Who Are the Learners?
  • Busy professional nurses who are adult learners, literate and also possess high health literacy. They comprise two groups with the first being believers in influenza vaccination and the second being skeptical.

  • The developmental stage is young to middle adulthood which suggests that teaching learning strategies to be geared towards:
  1. Immediate needs of the learner e.g., continuing education.
  2. Include material that is applicable with rapid feedback.
  3. Use active, self directed learning modalities.
  4. Utilizing all three learning styles--visual, auditory and tactile.
  5. Use problem centered approach.

Relevant Values and Beliefs:

  • First Group: Believers
  1. Possess high perceived benefit of vaccination,high perceived value of vaccine efficacy,low perceived risk of side effects and high perceived susceptibility of illness.
  • Second Group: Skeptics
  1. Possess low perceived benefit of vaccination, perceived low risk of susceptibility and perceived low value of vaccine efficacy.

Need For Instruction

  • First Group: Believers
  1. Obtain relevant information re: ways to improve HCP vaccination rates within one's facility/improve vaccination campaigns.
  2. Obtain education to dispel myths re: influenza vaccination.
  • Second Group: Skeptics
  1. Obtain evidence-based education re: influenza vaccination, especially related to side effects, efficacy of vaccine, contraindications, myths.

Risk Factors:

  1. Low vaccination rates result in increased morbidity and mortality of susceptible individuals who cannot be vaccinated: children under 6 months old, severely allergic individuals.Those who mount a less than ideal response to vaccine--seniors are also affected.