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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Leslie Scott

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Lerae Wilson

Committee Member

Dr. Debra Gay Anderson

Committee Member

Dr. Karen Butler


Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) and pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) continue to be the leading cause of child abuse death and most common causes of mortality and morbidity due to the physical child abuse in the United States (Barr, 2014). According to the CDC of the nearly 2,000 children who die from abuse each year, PAHT and SBS are responsible for 10-12% of those fatalities (CDC, 2015). There are 1450-1700 cases of reported shaken injuries to infants and children reported in the United States each year (Barr, 2014). Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable through the proper education to our medical professionals, who then individually educate new parents about the risks, dangers, and needless consequences (Barr, 2014). Infant crying is the primary stimulus of a potential shaken injury, as it relates to the stress and coping mechanism of new parents and caregivers. Primary care providers must work to help educate our new parents and caregivers about these horrible needless injuries (Barr, 2014). To encourage injury prevention, a survey to evaluate the knowledge of staff nurses was developed and was distributed to the staff at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead Kentucky. The staff nurses in the emergency room, the obstetrics department and the medical-surgical floors, are the participants who individually completed the surveys. The survey is an evidence-based practice tool to evaluate what is needed to educate the “future educators” of our new parents. This survey was created to evaluate a nurse’s knowledge about an already developed educational tool to equip new parents with upon discharge from this hospital. The tool is used to educate a new mother and father as they are being discharged from a hospital setting with their new baby. The Period of PURPLE Crying program is about infant crying, when, how, why it happens and how to cope with it (Barr, 2014).