An evaluation of the implementation of the nurse champion role in the 2006 influenza vaccination program for employees of the Vancouver Island Health Authority




Lohr, Gayle

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In 2006, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) revised their immunization services delivery model to try to increase vaccination rates. Changes included establishing unit-based influenza clinics and creating a voluntary nurse champion on participating units. The overall purpose of this evaluation was to assess the impact of these changes in the VIHA immunization program on rates of vaccination and to examine satisfaction of the nurse champions with their training and their role. Project goals included: • Identifying strategies associated with effective influenza campaigns by conducting a literature review. • Assessing the impact of the revised immunization service delivery model by comparing vaccination rates pre- and post- implementation using data from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control • Examining the role satisfaction of the influenza nurse champions using a retrospective survey Study participants were comprised of one hundred and twenty four VIHA nursing employees (100 nurse champions and 24 nursing unit-managers). Results indicate that implementation of the revised immunization service delivery model did not increase vaccination rates, but influenza nurse champions reported high levels of satisfaction with their training and role in making immunizations available and accessible to their healthcare colleagues, while also noting that the voluntary nature of this role imposed additional demands on work time.



evaluation, implementation, nurse, role, influenza, vaccination program, VIHA