New York nurse practitioner develops vaccination initiative

Nurse.com reported that Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, a nurse practitioner and nurse educator with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, was recently honored with a prestigious award from the American Nurses Association (ANA).

ANA, a Happauge, New York-based organization, presented Petraco with the its Immunity Award due to her extensive work on vaccination issues. Since she implemented an influenza immunization program among healthcare workers last year, the employee vaccination rate at her hospital rose from 30 to 90 percent.

Petraco currently works at the Suffolk County Department of Health Service as a nurse administrator and coordinator for children's health. In addition, she serves as a primary care provider and clinical researcher at a nursing school near her home in New York.

The ANA Immunity Award is not the first recognition that Petraco has received for her extensive work in increasing vaccination access to children in the U.S. She has been inducted as a fellow into the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, has done consulting work for the Center of Disease Control and is on the board of the Immunization Action Coalition. Petraco is also a highly successful non-fiction author.

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