Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

DNP Project Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Committee Chairperson

Jacquelyn M. Owens, DNP, CRNP

Committee Member

Eugene Reilly, MD

Committee Member

Cheryl D. Schlamb, DNP, CRNP


The opioid epidemic is a multidimension public health crisis. Opioids overdose is becoming the leading cause of death across all age groups. Opioids misuse and abuse has been tied to prescription opioids, placing the prescriber at the core of this growing problem. This Doctorate of Nursing Practice Project examined the confidence of trauma prescribers managing acute and chronic pain with opioid therapy. Albert Bandura’s self-efficacy framework was used to support this project. The Opioid Therapy Provider Survey was utilized to assess for the presence of confidence. This survey plus additional questions related to acute pain management and the usability of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program were sent electronically via the PTSF portal to trauma prescribers across Pennsylvania. Findings from this project supported the hypothesis that trauma prescribers are not confident when treating chronic pain, however, they are very confident when managing acute pain. The results of this study should be used target confidence-building education aimed at chronic pain management as well as standardized therapy guidelines. The DNP encompasses many traits that will lead to success in completing these initiatives.