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Nurse practitioners, Nurse satisfaction, Pediatric, Trauma



  1. Shebesta, Kaaren Fanta RN, MSN, CPNP
  2. Cook, Becky RN, MSN, CPNP
  3. Rickets, Crystal PhD
  4. Schweer, Lynn RN, MSN, CPNP
  5. Brown, Rebeccah L. MD
  6. Garcia, Victor F. MD
  7. Falcone, Richard A. Jr MD


Purpose: Our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center employs pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) to manage inpatients. We hypothesized that the involvement of a PNP would lead to increased nursing staff satisfaction with patient care.


Methods: Children admitted to the trauma service were randomized to PNP or resident care groups. Nurses caring for these children were asked to fill out a satisfaction survey regarding the care that the child received.


Findings: Sixty-five nurses participated. Nurses scored the PNP group significantly higher in human qualities, information given about the tests, management of the child's pain, and response time to pages/questions.


Conclusions: Involvement of the PNP leads to higher nursing satisfaction scores compared with residents while providing equivalent care for injured children.