Doctor of Nursing Practice
Date of Defense
Anne Thatcher, DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, LMSW.
Anne Thatcher, DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, LMSW
Kimberly Werner, Ph.D
Amanda Finley, Ph.D., RN
Purpose: Trauma is highly prevalent with 70% of individuals encountering at least one traumatic event during their lifetime and approximately 30% experiencing four or more events (Wheeler & Phillips, 2021). Despite the dramatic impact of trauma, there is minimal literature to assist nurses in caring for patients with a trauma history. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the implementation of a virtual, asynchronous trauma-informed care (TIC) educational program for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students at a midsized, Midwestern public university using knowledge, attitudes, and competency scores as outcome measures.
Methods: This program evaluation (PE) project was an observational pre, immediate-post, and 30-day-post educational design. The 48-item Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Provider Survey v2.0 was adapted in Qualtrics and utilized to assess DNP students’ knowledge, attitudes, and competency in assessing for trauma and utilizing TIC practices.
Results: Participants (N = 23) included DNP students who completed the pre- and immediate-post TIC surveys. Of the 23 total participants, 10 students also completed the 30-day post retention survey. Repeated-measures t-tests were utilized to test for significant change across time associated with the TIC education. A statistically significant increase in DNP students’ knowledge, competence, and use of TIC interventions was seen following the completion of six educational modules.
Implications for Practice: Statistically significant improvements in knowledge, competency and the use of TIC interventions suggests that DNP students who participate in TIC curriculum during their nursing program can gain the knowledge and competence to effectively use TIC skills in practice.
Brown, Mary D., "Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Curriculum in a Doctoral Nursing Program" (2023). Dissertations. 1318.