To increase vaccine confidence among nursing students and overcome vaccine hesitance in at-risk populations, Emory designed a 20-contact hour, multi-modal learning unit for pre-licensure students on COVID-19 as part of a public health clinical rotation. As part of the learning unit, students learn about commonly cited reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among different populations, practice motivational interviewing skills, discuss strategies for addressing and identifying common sources of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, and collaborate with other nursing students and clinical sites. Students worked together to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate poster, infographic, social media campaign, mobile vaccine clinic, or multimedia presentation.
Emory University created in-classroom simulations with five standardized patients representing individuals lacking vaccine confidence, including pregnant people concerned about the effects of the vaccine on their fetus and a non-U.S. citizen concerned that immigration officers will receive information about their address and place of employment. Students received real-time feedback from the standardized patients in a non-judgmental and safe space. Simulation resources:
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One of the positive impacts of Emory University’s project is the strengthened academic-practice partnership with their nine clinical partners. Due to the project, the DeKalb County Board of Health, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, and Mexican Consulate have requested student and faculty involvement in COVID-19 and Monkey Pox vaccine community events.