Baccalaureate, Curriculum, Educational models, Health resources, Immunization, Prelicensure nursing education, Vaccination


Nursing faculty are challenged to integrate immunization content in prelicensure nursing curricula. Historically, most immunization content has been delivered in pediatrics courses, with less emphasis on other populations across the lifespan. Skills related to vaccine administration may be prioritized over the most current immunization science, such as pathophysiology, immunology, and epidemiology. As the most trusted profession rated by the public (Saad, 2020), nurses are ideally suited to address vaccine hesitancy and promote vaccination in the communities they serve. Nurses apply active listening, problem solving, and communication skills with patients and their families, contributing to a person's confidence in their decision to be vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research collaborated to develop a framework for immunization content and teaching resources, Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing (IRUN), for faculty to use in designing the nursing curricula. Content includes a curriculum framework, curriculum mapping tool, multiple teaching resources, and a dedicated website ( The framework provides guidance for faculty on integrating immunization content into a curriculum. Teaching resources include case studies, simulation scenarios, and PowerPoint slide decks. Although primarily focused on prelicensure nursing education, resources are also relevant to advanced professional nursing education.

Original Publication Citation

Buckner, S., Gallego, R., McNaughton, D., Brasher, S., Stanley, J., Jacobs, A., Hamborsky, J., Schillie, S., Hunsaker, S., Kyler, K. J., Lewis, A. L., & Page, D. (2022). Addressing immunizations in nursing education: Immunization resources for undergraduate nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 42, 173-177.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Journal of Professional Nursing





University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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Nursing Commons