A statewide nurse training program for a hospital based infant abusive head trauma prevention program

Nurse Educ Pract. 2016 Jan;16(1):e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.07.013. Epub 2015 Aug 14.


Successful implementation of universal patient education programs requires training large numbers of nursing staff in new content and procedures and maintaining fidelity to program standards. In preparation for statewide adoption of a hospital based universal education program, nursing staff at 85 hospitals and 1 birthing center in North Carolina received standardized training. This article describes the training program and reports findings from the process, outcome and impact evaluations of this training. Evaluation strategies were designed to query nurse satisfaction with training and course content; determine if training conveyed new information, and assess if nurses applied lessons from the training sessions to deliver the program as designed. Trainings were conducted during April 2008-February 2010. Evaluations were received from 4358 attendees. Information was obtained about training type, participants' perceptions of newness and usefulness of information and how the program compared to other education materials. Program fidelity data were collected using telephone surveys about compliance to delivery of teaching points and teaching behaviors. Results demonstrate high levels of satisfaction and perceptions of program utility as well as adherence to program model. These findings support the feasibility of implementing a universal patient education programs with strong uptake utilizing large scale systematic training programs.

Keywords: Abusive head trauma; Nurse education; Patient education; Prevention; Training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control*
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Maternity
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • North Carolina
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Surveys and Questionnaires