Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major


Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris, PhD, RN


As nurses we want to give our patients the best care. That is why trauma-informed care (TIC) is important to include into nursing practice. TIC is a fairly new idea that addresses a patient's whole past and present life. Incorporating it into nursing practice can benefit patients who have adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur to a person starting from birth to 17 years old. In a hospital setting an adolescent patient can be triggered if ACEs and trauma is not properly addressed. The long-term effects of ACEs can affect adolescents into adulthood. With this problem the author's goal is to see if TIC tools implemented into nursing practice can leave a positive impact on adolescent patients with ACEs. A literature review is done by the author to find research on TIC practiced by nurses and the positive impact it has on patients. In the literature review there was no research found to support the author’s question. A proposed research study will be a pre-post intervention on the nurses and a quantitative study for the patients. The nurses will be given a 3-day training course on TIC from the RC training program. Before the training, the nurse will take a survey and then a post-survey after the training and implementing on patients. The population of this study is adolescents (ages 10-19) inpatient psychiatric patients. The nurse population are nurses who work in adolescent inpatient psychiatric units for a hospital. The total sample size is 50 (10 nurses and 40 adolescents).