Title of DNP Project
Date of Project Completion
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Carole Jenson, DNP, APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC, CNS, ACNS-BC, ME-C, CCRN-K
Introduction: This project aims to analyze the effectiveness of trauma-informed care (TIC) education on attitudes of registered nurses (RNs) and psychiatric associates (PAs) towards TIC. The purpose of this project was to educate ED (emergency department) RNs and PAs on the effects of trauma and increase attitudes towards implementing a TIC approach to care for mental health (MH) patients in the ED.
Method: This project followed a pre–post-survey design with quantitative data. Participants included RNs and PAs newly hired to the ED, and/or if they had no previous TIC education. Data were collected utilizing a 10-question Likert scale survey.
Results: A total of 10 ED staff participated in the TIC education and the pre-and post-survey. This study found a significant increase in attitudes towards a TIC approach after the educational sessions, rising from an average of 5.3 to 5.9 (p-value = 0.017).
Evaluation: The Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) 10 scale was utilized for pre-and post-assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the TIC education, measuring the attitudes of RNs and PAs towards TIC; ARTIC-10 includes 10 Likert scale questions that assess the participants’ attitudes towards a TIC approach.
Oscarson, Kristin and Kvell, Kayla, "Trauma-Informed Care in the Emergency Department" (2022). Nursing DNP Projects. 56.