Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Susan J. Hayden


AbstractVaccination hesitancy is high among African Americans and other people of color. The practice gap addressed in this project was the lack of a culturally sensitive clinical guideline for vaccination education relevant to the African American community. The practice-focused question was answered by developing an evidence-based Clinical Vaccination Education Guideline for the African American Community (CVEGAAC) that was validated by a group of four content experts using the Appraisal of Guidelines, Research, and Evaluation tool. The content experts scored each of the domains above 90%, implying that the CVEGAAC is of high quality and ready for implementation. The end users agreed or strongly agreed on the CVEGAAC’s accuracy, usability, cultural sensitivity, ability to increase vaccine knowledge, and use as a culturally sensitive training manual for the African American community. In their summative evaluation, the content experts strongly agreed that the student allowed meaningful involvement in the project evaluation and the student’s commitment to goals and objectives influenced ethical completion of the evaluation. They asserted the guideline is a relevant document that will stand the test of time. The CVEGAAC will provide a tool for nurse educators and practitioners to educate the African American community about vaccines in a culturally sensitive way. Such education may lead to reduced vaccination hesitancy, increased vaccination knowledge, and increased vaccination uptake. These results could reduce morbidity and mortality, thereby leading to positive social change.