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Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Evidence-Based Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Carole A. Pepa


Upper respiratory infections, including influenza-like-illnesses, are a significant cause of morbidity on college campuses. Students who live in group environments such as residence halls are at greater risk of infection. The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to evaluate whether or not an education program on influenza and the influenza vaccine would impact the number of students actually receiving a vaccine. Residents of a private, Midwestern university were recruited from four residence halls and invited to participate in an educational session on influenza. Residents in the remaining halls received written information and had access to information on the Health Center web site. A pre-test and post-test were utilized to validate comprehension. Acceptance was measured by whether or not students who attend an education session followed through with obtaining a flu vaccine. Students participating in the on-campus vaccination clinics were asked to complete a brief questionnaire identifying factors that most influenced their decision to obtain a vaccination. Students who received the education and did not obtain an influenza vaccination at a campus-sponsored clinic were contacted individually to determine if an influenza vaccination was obtained from another source. To determine if the program was successful data were analyzed with frequencies and chi-square analyses using SPSS version 14.0. Implications are discussed.


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