Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Leslie Scott

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Meghan Marsac

Committee Member

Vicki Stringfellow


Background: Many children who present to the hospital require treatments and procedures in their medical care that can be potentially emotionally traumatic for themselves and their families. Medical professionals caring for these children may also experience emotional trauma symptoms related to their work. A trauma-informed care approach to medical care may help to lessen these negative consequences in both patients and medical professionals. Purpose: The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a one-hour training on trauma-informed care to nurses at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Methods: Nurses participated in a one-hour interactive seminar and completed pre- and post-measures on knowledge and confidence in delivering trauma-informed care. Results: Ninety nurses participated. Compared to pre-training, participants demonstrated significant increases in knowledge and confidence in delivering trauma-informed medical care (p < 0.05 for all comparisons). Discussion: Training was effective in increasing nurses’ knowledge and confidence in delivering trauma-informed care, thus demonstrating the feasibility and clinical importance of this training.