To empower nursing students to share credible COVID-19 vaccine information and respond to misinformation, this project focused on increasing knowledge using CDC toolkits; developing culturally relevant responses to misinformation via role-playing and simulations; and applying learning by developing materials to provide factual COVID-19 vaccine information. The students shared this information at campus forums and community events. To prepare nursing students to have effective COVID-19 vaccine conversations with other healthcare providers, staff, patients, and families, organizers used case scenarios and role-playing to enhance communication skills and address ethical dilemmas. They promoted effective conversations by using simulation-based learning to actively engage students in real-world situations.
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The UH College of Nursing’s development, implementation, and evaluation of curricular activities was successful. Factors contributing to the success of the project’s goals were flexibility and teamwork. Faculty and students were flexible regarding the timing of the activities as content was revised within the course selected for this initiative. The use of a cooperative learning framework and team structure contributed to the team’s success as each team member became an expert related to one type of misinformation/disinformation. Group members shared their expertise within their own team to be effective in addressing other types of misinformation/disinformation. In addition, the dedication of UH College of Nursing’s partners contributed to a successful outreach initiative by disseminating flyers/brochures/products within their organizations. The use of previous partnerships such as Ft. Bend Health and Human Services paved the way for the grant’s success.