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Madeline OhlmsFollow

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2021

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Abstract

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) brings nearly 500,000 children to the emergency room (ER) annually. The CDC published evidence-based guidelines for pediatric mTBI in 2018. The purpose of this study is to determine if emergency department nurses are knowledgeable about the CDC guidelines. We utilized a descriptive cross-sectional study of ER nurses. Participants completed a knowledge assessment. Twenty nurses participated in the study with an average score of 57% on the knowledge assessment. Many ER nurses need more training on pediatric mTBI guidelines. Continuing education will improve nurse knowledge and patient care.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Lindsey Garfield, PhD, RN; Rebecca Silton, Ph.D.

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Emergency Department Nursing Competency for Pediatric Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) brings nearly 500,000 children to the emergency room (ER) annually. The CDC published evidence-based guidelines for pediatric mTBI in 2018. The purpose of this study is to determine if emergency department nurses are knowledgeable about the CDC guidelines. We utilized a descriptive cross-sectional study of ER nurses. Participants completed a knowledge assessment. Twenty nurses participated in the study with an average score of 57% on the knowledge assessment. Many ER nurses need more training on pediatric mTBI guidelines. Continuing education will improve nurse knowledge and patient care.