First Advisor

Lora Claywell


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

52 pages



Objective/Purpose: To provide an educational intervention to Registered Nurses (RNs) in the Emergency Department (ED) to increase their knowledge and confidence in recognizing/identifying victims of human trafficking (HT).

Methods: A quantitative study using a presurvey, pretest-posttest design to collect information on ED RNs knowledge, awareness and confidence in identifying HT victims. The study used a ten-question survey and ten-question pre and post-test, developed in collaboration with other researchers, based on the evidence identified in the literature.

Results: The paired sample t test results did not show a statistically significant change from pretest to posttest mean scores (t = -1.797, p = .074), suggesting the educational intervention did not make a significant impact on improving the ED RNs knowledge, likely the participants entered the project with the knowledge necessary to score well on the pre and posttest.

Conclusion: HT victims interact with EDs every day and the victims continue to go unnoticed. Providing proper education for ED RNs in Pennsylvania, specifically Montgomery County, the ED becomes a safe place, or more importantly a place for healing for victims. The screening tool aimed at identifying HT victims will contribute to improving outcomes for them and is the only way to fight the criminal construct of HT. Raising the knowledge and confidence of the RNs in the Eds, and building a rapport with the victim are the necessary steps to assist in ending HT.

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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