Health Care Reform and Influenza Immunization

Workplace health & safety (Impact Factor: 0.56). 05/2013; 61(5):193-5. DOI: 10.3928/21650799-20130426-75
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Health care reform calls for the nursing profession, with a focus on disease prevention and health restoration, to innovate and create new models of care that are client-centric, evidence-based, and cost-effective. To do so, nurses must develop a fundamentally different paradigm and epistemology. New care models are required that focus on issues such as evidence-based prevention. Among the prevention foci for hospitals are hospital-acquired infections, including influenza, which kills 36,000 Americans annually. One crucial step in eliminating hospital-acquired influenza is to require influenza vaccination of all health care workers. This article challenges nursing leadership to seize opportunities to lead health care initiatives and encourage courageous innovative actions that depart from old paradigms; these actions must be based on scientific evidence, reduce costs, and promote patient safety and quality care and outcomes. [Workplace Health Saf 2013;61(5):193-195.].

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    ABSTRACT: The leadership styles of healthcare organizations and the attitudes of nurses toward the adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) were examined to provide a predictor of influenza vaccination intent (VI) and improve the current inadequate vaccination rate among nurses. Influenza is a costly and potentially serious disease. The United States has set a benchmark of a 90% influenza vaccination rate among healthcare personnel by 2020. A sample of 354 registered nurses completed a survey assessing demographic data, the leadership styles of their organization, their attitudes toward EBP, and their VI. A significant positive correlation was found between transformational leadership and VI, but not between transactional leadership and VI. Attitudes toward EBP correlated weakly, but insignificantly, with VI. Transformational leadership can predict and positively influence vaccination rates among nurses, thus decreasing vaccine preventable illness and improving patient outcomes.
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