Human Trafficking Training for Nurse Practitioners


Zoe Onyun, DNP | September 19 | 9:00-10:00 AM

Topic: Healthcare, Research | Knowledge Level: Beginner, Intermediate | Location: TBD

Healthcare providers often unknowingly come into contact with patients who are currently experiencing or have a history of a lived experience with human trafficking. Training health care providers on the topic of human trafficking will help them to recognize risk factors and indicators for trafficking, approach patients with trauma informed care, and know what resources are available to provide their patients. An effective means of training will better prepare nurse practitioners to navigate the complicated issues related to being a healthcare provider in a space with someone who is experiencing exploitation. In consideration of the likelihood for a nurse practitioner to come into contact with a person experiencing exploitation, an effective means of training for nurse practitioners is important. During a quality improvement initiative utilizing a prospective, observational, descriptive, cohort design, comparing a written case study to a post-educational intervention with a simulated patient, the nurse practitioner students were better able to identify risk factors, use trauma-informed care, and provide patients with appropriate resources and referrals. A nurse practitioner’s ability to recognize, screen for, and provide resources for human trafficking improved with an educational program and resulted in an observed behavioral change. An increase in identification and ability to assist victims of trafficking may result when healthcare providers are aware of and vigilant when assessing patients in any setting.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Discuss the importance of training healthcare providers

·  Describe an effective means of training for healthcare providers

·  Discuss the use of trauma informed care

·  Explore screening tools and resources available currently for healthcare providers

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