Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP,RN


Nurses in a pediatric emergency department are accustomed to caring for critically ill and injured children. Pediatric trauma requires nurses to have a high level of expertise. However, along with this expertise, nurses need to demonstrate strong leadership skills to be an effective partner in the trauma team. Attaining a pediatric level I trauma designation by the American College of Surgeons generated uncertainty in emergency nurses' perceptions of their ability to care for trauma patients. Emergency departments within trauma centers have recognized the need for specialized nursing programs or nursing roles in the care of trauma. Nursing leadership competencies, interprofessional collaboration, and teamwork have an impact on patient care. Creating a trauma resource nurse role can provide the necessary tools for a select group of nurses to develop their clinical expertise and identify new perspectives and ways of knowing when caring for pediatric trauma. Parse' s humanbecoming leading-following model will be the theoretical framework for this nursing role. This purpose of this project is to create and implement a trauma resource nurse role in a level I pediatric trauma center that is built on a strong foundation of clinical expertise, leadership capability, and self-awareness allowing nurses to act in partnership with physicians and other health care professionals in the trauma team. The creation of the trauma resource nurse role will enhance nursing knowledge while collaborating with the medical model in trauma culture.


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