Reducing Child Mortality and Ensuring Motor Vehicle Safety for Children: Nursing Students As Child Passenger Safety Technicians

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/253882
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reducing Child Mortality and Ensuring Motor Vehicle Safety for Children: Nursing Students As Child Passenger Safety Technicians
Author(s):
Garrett-Wright, Dawn; Jones, M. Susan
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Kappa Theta
Author Details:
Dawn Garrett-Wright, PhD, MSN, CNE, dawn.garrett@wku.edu; M. Susan Jones, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF
Abstract:
There is an increased focus on how Sigma Theta Tau members can have an impact on improving healthcare via the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. One goal is to reduce the mortality rate for children. Improving motor vehicle safety is a critical area for fostering child health given that almost half of unintentional childhood deaths are caused by injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. In the US, it is estimated that up to 90% of child safety restraints are incorrectly installed by parents and other caregivers. In 2005 WKU, in conjunction with the South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC), began offering a Child Passenger Safety Course. The purpose of the course is to allow nursing students to become certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The course is supervised by WKU faculty members who are members of Kappa Theta. The 40 hour didactic and clinical education course uses  training material developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Academic credit is awarded based on passing didactic and hands on skill evaluations, as well as participation in a community car seat check event. In addition, students are required to complete reflective journals and develop education materials (e.g., posters, brochures, letters to newspapers) that can be utilized to educate healthcare providers and other community leaders about proper use of child safety restraints. Benefits to local communities include: promoting child safety through education and service and increasing the number of Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians in local communities (103 new technicians have been certified through the class since 2005). Benefits to students include: enhancing professional resume as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, having the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary service learning and practicing communication, leadership and health education skills in community settings with individuals and families.
Keywords:
Nursing Students; Child Passenger Safety; Motor Vehicle Accidents
Repository Posting Date:
29-Nov-2012
Date of Publication:
29-Nov-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
Leadership Forum 2012
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Leadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReducing Child Mortality and Ensuring Motor Vehicle Safety for Children: Nursing Students As Child Passenger Safety Techniciansen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGarrett-Wright, Dawnen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJones, M. Susanen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentKappa Thetaen_GB
dc.author.detailsDawn Garrett-Wright, PhD, MSN, CNE, dawn.garrett@wku.edu; M. Susan Jones, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEFen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/253882-
dc.description.abstractThere is an increased focus on how Sigma Theta Tau members can have an impact on improving healthcare via the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. One goal is to reduce the mortality rate for children. Improving motor vehicle safety is a critical area for fostering child health given that almost half of unintentional childhood deaths are caused by injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. In the US, it is estimated that up to 90% of child safety restraints are incorrectly installed by parents and other caregivers. In 2005 WKU, in conjunction with the South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC), began offering a Child Passenger Safety Course. The purpose of the course is to allow nursing students to become certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The course is supervised by WKU faculty members who are members of Kappa Theta. The 40 hour didactic and clinical education course uses  training material developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Academic credit is awarded based on passing didactic and hands on skill evaluations, as well as participation in a community car seat check event. In addition, students are required to complete reflective journals and develop education materials (e.g., posters, brochures, letters to newspapers) that can be utilized to educate healthcare providers and other community leaders about proper use of child safety restraints. Benefits to local communities include: promoting child safety through education and service and increasing the number of Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians in local communities (103 new technicians have been certified through the class since 2005). Benefits to students include: enhancing professional resume as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, having the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary service learning and practicing communication, leadership and health education skills in community settings with individuals and families.en_GB
dc.subjectNursing Studentsen_GB
dc.subjectChild Passenger Safetyen_GB
dc.subjectMotor Vehicle Accidentsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-11-29T13:39:15Z-
dc.date.issued2012-11-29-
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-29T13:39:15Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.nameLeadership Forum 2012en_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionLeadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolisen_GB
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