Educating Nurse Practitioners in Southern Arizona to Improve Firearm Screening and Safety Counseling Habits
AuthorBrunson, Sonia Teresa
AdvisorAllison, Theresa E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe United States has a higher rate of deaths by firearm among youth than the rates of the next 25 industrialized nations combined (Azrael, Cohen, Salhi, & Miller, 2018). Studies have demonstrated that healthcare providers either inconsistently screen or do not screen pediatric patients for firearms in the household during routine well child visits. The purpose of this DNP project was to examine nurse practitioners’ knowledge, attitude, beliefs and confidence of screening pediatric patients for firearms before and after education on the topic. A pre-education survey followed by an education session and post-education survey with participants from the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse Society (SAZAPN) was utilized and evaluated. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data collected. The results from the pre and the post-test surveys were compared to assess changes in knowledge and perception of screening for firearms and implementing safety education. Results yielded a high percentage of participants that agreed that providers should be screening for firearms and implementing safety counseling. Based on the post-education survey, providers also displayed a gain of knowledge from participating in the education portion. This shows that education on this subject maybe beneficial to increasing confidence thus increasing the likelihood to screen for firearms during pediatric well visits.
Degree ProgramGraduate College