Graduation Date

5-2020

Document Type

Honor's Thesis

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major

Nursing

Program Director

Andrea Boyle PhD, FNAP

Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris PhD, RN

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to assess nurses’ perceptions on the relationship between low socioeconomic status and high mortality rates of children due to motor vehicle accidents(MVAs). MVAs are the leading cause of death among children four years and older. Studies reviewed in this paper support that low socioeconomic status is associated with high child mortality rates caused by motor vehicle accidents. Factors contributing to these high mortality rates include: the lack of or improper use of restraints, low parental education attainment levels, black or Hispanic race, and environmental risks of low socioeconomic areas. A mixed methods study is conducted to examine pediatric and NICU nurses’ perceptions on the relationship between low socioeconomic status and high mortality rates of children related to MVAs. Possible nursing interventions to increase the use of car seats primarily involving patient education, are discussed as well.

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