Mary Lou Manning, RN, PhD, CRNP
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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BSN, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing - 1978
Thomas Jefferson University
Research and Clinical Interests
The majority of my career has been spent directly or indirectly involved in clinical care and education, thus my interests are related to vaccine related clinical and educational issues. I joined the nursing faculty in July 2007 and am anxious to begin a defined program of research. Membership in the Jefferson Vaccine Center will provide me valuable insights and perspectives in study design and analysis.
My current research is related to influenza immunization rates of nursing and medical students and factors that influence actual decisions about whether or not to receive influenza immunization. I recently submitted a proposal to the School of Nursing Research Committee for seed money to conduct such a study with Thomas Jefferson University nursing and medical students.
Another separate but related issue is the broader question of how nursing and medical students conceptualize vaccine preventable disease risk in general and how it predicts their behavior in immunization counseling of patients, parents of young children and adolescents. Young parents today have no recollection of the consequences of childhood vaccine preventable infectious diseases and often perceive the vaccine risks greater than the disease risk. As a result the number of parents seeking exemptions from immunization for their children is increasing across the United States. This trend is extremely worrisome. Today’s young nursing and medical students may hold similar views, which could directly influence patients and parents vaccine acceptance for themselves and/or their children. The results of the study for which I am seeking seed money may provide some insight to direct study of this broader question. Collaboration with members of the Vaccine Center will be invaluable to me in conducting such research. I believe I can bring the clinical and educational perspective to the Center.