Doctor of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Gabrielle P Abelard
DNP Project Chair
Gabrielle P Abelard
DNP Project Outside Member Name
Background: Restraint and seclusion have been utilized in a multitude of settings to prevent injury to self and or others, but restraint and seclusion have also demonstrated to have a negative impact on the individuals involved, including risk of physical injury and psychological trauma. The quality improvement project titled Educating Health Care Providers on the Benefits of Trauma-Informed Care and Sensory Modulation Techniques for Adolescents on an Inpatient Unit focuses on the implementation of an educational training program for staff members of inpatient adolescent units (nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, mental health counselors and nurses) on trauma-informed care and use of sensory modulation.
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to improve knowledge for healthcare providers regarding the use of trauma-informed care and sensory modulation for an inpatient adolescent population to minimize the risk for restraint and seclusion.
Method: A pre and post survey was administered before and after two training sessions presented by this DNP student, focused on restraint reduction techniques, sensory modulation, and trauma informed practice.
Results: Twenty-four participants completed the pre and post survey. Results from the post survey demonstrated a statistically significant increase in knowledge gained regarding trauma-informed care and sensory modulation use following participant attendance at a training session.
Conclusion The education of trauma-informed care and sensory modulation is beneficial as it can improve knowledge for staff members on two effective interventions that can minimize the risk of restraint and seclusion.
Keywords: restraint and seclusion, adolescent, trauma-informed care, sensory modulation, education, improve knowledge
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