Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jessica Raley

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy P. Mottet

Third Advisor

Dr. Cory Cunningham


The purpose of this study is to use the APRC (Assessment of Pediatric Resuscitation Communication) as a guide to determine if trauma nurses and surgeons believe communication training is necessary. Many trauma team members have not received team communication effectiveness training in pediatric trauma settings. As a result, miscommunication between team members leads to medical errors during pediatric trauma activations. Thus, it is important to discover whether or not trauma team members believe communication training will help trauma teams improve the overall effectiveness of pediatric trauma activations. The present study provides a descriptive analysis that illustrates nurses’ and trauma surgeons’ perceptions of the need for trauma team communication training in the pediatric setting. Specifically, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire that assessed their perceptions of the importance of communication training for trauma team members who routinely participate in pediatric trauma activations.


Copyright 2012 Monica M. Mercado. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Communication Commons