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Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing

In 2015, it became clear to APTR and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) that the recent climate around immunizations, advancements in teaching methods for health professions education, and the practice of nursing called for enhanced immunization resources for training and education of nurses. APTR and CDC formed the Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing Education (IRUN) committee to facilitate the integration of immunization teaching materials into undergraduate nursing education.

2018 Meeting

On June 4-5, 2018 the Committee convened to review the Curriculum Framework along with corresponding resources that include case studies and teaching slide sets.  In addition, the Committee provided input on the development of a simulation resource focused on immunization training for undergraduate nurses. The Committee was also asked to focus on activities and skills related to immunization delivery and how they need to be presented by faculty to students. 

2018 Meeting Report and Recommendations

2016 Meeting

The IRUN Committee met June 6-7, 2016 to review the draft curriculum framework and provided recommendations for the development of new case study resources based on gaps identified within existing case studies developed by CDC. 

2016 Meeting Report and Recommendations

The Committee provided provisional approval of the Framework Post-CDC Clearance identified next steps for the project including the following; a Case Study Subcommittee to review each existing CDC case study and provide feedback to APTR, the development of a Glossary, and a Call for New Case Studies.

Case Studies Grant Project

Funds were made available for two faculty teams to develop a series of problem-based case studies on five immunization topics (Legal/Ethical, Vaccine Administration, Communication, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization Strategies) for undergraduate nursing students. Once finalized, the new case studies will be made available along with other CDC-developed case studies and resources on a dedicated website for the framework.


The University of Missouri
PI: Lynelle Phillips, RN, MPH, Instructor and Field Placement Coordinator

California State University, Bakersfield
PI: Heidi He, DNP; Assistant Professor

2015 Committee Meeting

On April 20, 2015, APTR and NCIRD, convened 21 academic nursing representatives for its first meeting to discuss curriculum gaps, review educational resources and training methods, and provided recommendations for improving the integration of immunization in undergraduate nursing education.  A full report of that meeting included the following recommendations:

2015 Meeting Report and Recommendations

The Advisory Committee agreed that lacking is consistency and structure among nursing schools and programs on how and where to integrate immunization education into the nursing curriculum.  The recommendation is that a framework and accompanying toolkit would provide guidance for faculty to integrate immunization content and a variety of learning resources into the curriculum and would provide the rationale and impetus for institutional support. The Advisory Committee agreed that the framework and toolkit/resource repository should focus on entry-level learning for the undergraduate nursing student and should include prioritization of content, resources, and curricular recommendations.  

The following are recommendations from the Advisory Committee in order of priority: 

 1.  Development of a Curriculum Framework for Immunization Education in Undergraduate Nursing

 A framework is to increase immunization content in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, ensure consistency and the access to current information/recommendations for faculty and students, prioritize information and content to be included, and support the integration of this content into the curriculum. 

2. Development of a Resource Repository 

This online or digital repository would provide current, vetted resources and teaching tools, as well as guidelines for faculty to support the integration of immunization into the curriculum.  The repository would build on the framework described above.

 3. Development of Teaching Resources

Additional learning resources are necessary that use new teaching modalities.  Several potential best-practice tools for learners identified were by the advisory group participants and detailed in the report.




APTR has a long history of working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the current National Center on Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), to develop and enhance educational and training programs around immunizations.  Since 1990, APTR has partnered with CDC and other professional organizations to assess immunization training needs of health professionals and develop appropriate programs, publications workshops, presentations, articles, and websites based on those assessments.  

This funding opportunity was made possible through Cooperative Agreement #5U36OE000005-05 between the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Scientific Services, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is subject to federal grant regulations [CFDA #93.283].

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