Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing
Problem Statement: While atraumatic care is often practiced in children's specialty hospitals, it is less likely to be a part of the care provided in rural hospitals (Li et al., 2018). Nurses in this setting may not feel equipped or supported to provide atraumatic care.
Purpose: The purpose of this DNP Project is to support increased knowledge and utilization of atraumatic care by nursing staff providing care for pediatric patients in rural community hospital through a professional development education program. Methods: An educational program development project was created, implemented, and evaluated to support the utilization, awareness, and knowledge of atraumatic care among nursing staff in departments that interact with pediatric patients (emergency department, OR, outpatient surgery). The program was used during orientation for all nurses and nursing assistive personnel during a 3-month period. Participant Inclusion Criteria: All nursing staff (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants) (n=18) during hospital orientation and annually all staff providing patient care for pediatric patients at Baptist Health Corbin.
Method: A pre-survey (n=21) determined current knowledge base, and staff needs. The professional development intervention was based on this survey, extant evidence on atraumatic care, organizational needs and resources, and Family-Centered Care framework. Efficacy was determined by conducting a post-test and with a post-education program evaluation. All participants scored 90% or above on the posttest. The post-education evaluation supported an improvement in knowledge regarding atraumatic care strategies.
Sowers, Angie, "Supporting Adoption of Atraumatic Care by Rural Hospital Nursing Staff through Education" (2023). Doctoral Projects. 10.