Melody Butler, RN, BSN, ’11 receives ANA Immunity Award
Good Samaritan nurse receives ANA Immunity Award
Melody Butler, RN, BSN, has taken to social media outlets to dispel misperceptions about vaccinations and encourage immunization.
The work done by Butler, a pediatric nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y., was noticed by the American Nurses Association, which honored Butler with the ANA Immunity Award for initiatives to raise immunization rates and educate the public about the benefits of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Butler’s initiatives attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal, which quoted her in a story about protecting infant children from pertussis.
The Immunity Award is part of the Bringing Immunity to Every Community project, a partnership between ANA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maximize nurses’ role in increasing vaccination rates and reducing the incidence of disease. The project seeks to increase nurses’ knowledge and competency in immunization, encourage nurses to be vaccinated and position nurses as leading advocates for immunization.
Butler created a Facebook page called “Nurses Who Vaccinate” in response to another page, “Nurses Who Don’t Vaccinate.” Butler’s page offers visitors evidence-based information on immunization and its benefits. She participates in other online activities, including “Vaccinate Your Baby,” an awareness campaign launched by Every Child By Two, and often responds to online parenting forums that present misinformation about vaccines. Butler also is designing a workshop for her pediatric unit colleagues on vaccination issues.