The exploitation of human beings is a serious public health concern (Centers for Disease Control [CDC] 2018). The United States Department of Justice (2018) defines human trafficking as an act of coercing a person’s labor services or commercial sex acts. Family Nurse Practitioners play a significant role in the identification of victims, especially those practicing in emergency departments. A majority of healthcare providers have yet to establish a standardized screening tool and there is little evidence regarding the impact these screening tools have in recognizing victims of human trafficking (Emergency Nurses Association, 2018). This alarming information brings about the clinical question: In patients presenting to emergency department triage (P) how does employee education and implementation of a human trafficking screening tool (I) compared to no use of a screening tool (C) affect the number of identified victims (O) in a two-month period (T)? This benchmark project will establish the need for evidence-based change with a thorough literature review and describe the process for implementation.

Date of publication

Summer 8-15-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner