ArticleEvidence-Based Training for Enhancing Psychiatric Nurses' Child Behavior Management SkillsTucker, Sharon PhD, RN, CNS; Derscheid, Della CNS, RN; Odegarden, Sue MS, RN; Olson, Marianne E. PhD, RNAuthor Information Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, CNS, is Clinical Nurse Researcher, and Nurse Administrator of Nursing Research, Division of Nursing Research, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Della Derscheid, CNS, RN, is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and King Hussein Nursing Research Scholar, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Sue Odegarden, MS, RN, is Nurse Manager, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Marianne E. Olson, PhD, RN, is Evidence Based Practice Specialist, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, CNS, Division of Nursing Research, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail: Tucker.email@example.com). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): March-April 2008 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 75-85 doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000300864.59997.27 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Management of behavior problems in an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit is largely the responsibility of nurses, yet few evidence-based programs exist that prepare nurses for this role. A pilot study examined the effects of a 3-day standardized parent/teacher training program adapted for inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit nurses. Findings indicated that the standardized parent/teacher training program resulted in significant increases in self-reported use of child praise/incentives and working with parents, with accompanying desired changes in observed nurse behaviors during nurse-child play sessions. Participants rated the program positively and highlighted gains of greater empathy and fewer judgments of parents. Findings support evidence-based training programs for nursing staff and suggest further research. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a standardized parent/teacher training program on child behavior management skills among registered nurses who work on an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.