Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Despite most common transmission, HPV immunization in adolescents remains below target rates of 80% as outlined by Healthy People 2020 Objectives. Nearly all individuals will contract HPV during their lifetime. The purpose of this project was to educate providers on successfully promoting HPV immunization in adolescents utilizing evidence-based methods. The health belief model (HBM) was the theoretical underpinning utilized to teach providers on discussions about 9vHPV immunization with parents of adolescents. The practice focused question explored whether an education program using concepts from the HBM would increase provider perception of preparedness on recommending Gardasil 9 immunization in adolescents. Convenience sampling was utilized to recruit participants. There were 9 out of 25 providers that attended the educational in service with 8 completing the continuing education evaluation tool. Participants included providers who are affiliated and hold privileges with the health care system. Survey Monkey was used to analyze the participant evaluations. All the participants found the educational information relevant to increasing their perception of preparedness on recommending Gardasil 9 immunization in adolescents. The findings suggest that providers would benefit from training on recommending HPV immunization in adolescents. Continued training would help enhance timely immunization rates that could decrease cancer rates and reduce associated healthcare cost, in turn promoting population health and positive social change.