Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Status and Parental Endorsement Intentions among Undergraduate Student Nurses

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Mar 20;18(6):3232. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18063232.


We identified factors associated with student nurses' Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) vaccination status and their intention to counsel parents on HPV vaccination. Undergraduate student nurses (N = 153) from a large university in the south participated. Descriptive statistics, chi-squared tests, and independent t-tests (p ≤ 0.05) were used to characterize the students' vaccination status. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with vaccination status. HPV vaccination rates were low. Students who were older and married or living with a partner were less likely to have completed the HPV vaccine series. The most commonly cited reason for non-initiation and non-completion was the lack of provider endorsement. Vaccination status did not differ significantly according to race/ethnicity, religion, skills, or intention to counsel parents. While intentions to counsel parents on HPV vaccination are high among student nurses, interventions to improve vaccination rates among student nurses are needed.

Keywords: HPV vaccines; human papillomavirus vaccines; human papillomavirus viruses; papillomavirus vaccines; student nurses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alphapapillomavirus*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Papillomavirus Infections* / prevention & control
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Students
  • Vaccination


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines