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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Alicia R. Dean RN, MSN, CNS, APRN
Item#: N1656
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Burn and Cold Trauma

Price $10.95
Item # N1656
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 9/30/2018.

Available as an AUDIO BOOK

When you purchase the audio book format, you will also automatically receive the online version, enabling you to complete the exam and receive credit.

Expiration Date: September 30, 2018

Burn and cold injuries typically involve much more damage than just injury to the skin. Burn injuries often affect structures below the skin, including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. When caring for a burn patient, the nurse should always think beyond the external burn to the physiologic changes occurring internally as a result of the burn.  Once the patient's airway, breathing, and circulation have been stabilized, the nurse's focus can move to assessing the burn injury and measuring the extent of damage.

This course provides the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system as a basis for the nurses' assessment and planned nursing interventions. The nurse will be able to estimate the extent and severity of the burn and cold injury and then plan for nursing interventions based on the assessment findings.

Nurses practicing in emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma units and burn units will find this course comprehensive on managing the burn injured patient in their initial care.  Nurses practicing in home health and medical/surgical as well as rehabilitation units will find this course provides an explanation and knowledge of initial treatment of the burn patient and the resulting continued nursing care.

Orthopedic Nurses – ONCB has approved this course for 1 Category B contact hour toward recertification.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1662 Essentials of Trauma Nursing (30 contact hours) or N1677 Special Considerations in Trauma Nursing (13 contact hours). 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the normal functions of the skin.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of burn injuries.
  • Identify types of burn and cold injuries and the criteria for estimating the extent and severity of those injuries.
  • Describe nursing interventions for the patient with a burn injury.
  • Describe nursing interventions for the patient with a cold injury.

Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN, has more than 27 years of widespread clinical trauma experience, most recently as a rotor-wing flight nurse/paramedic for Bayflite’s aeromedical program in St. Petersburg, Florida. Erik began his trauma career in 1988 in Bristol, Connecticut, working for a busy hospital-based EMS agency. While continuing to work in EMS, Erik obtained a diploma in nursing at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, where he then started his trauma nursing career in the emergency department of one of the state’s largest and busiest Level I trauma centers. In 1998, Erik began working for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, the busiest Level I trauma center, based on ISS score, at the time in the United States. While working in the freestanding Resuscitation Department, Erik began his flight nursing career for Mercy Air in 1998, where he helped establish the Las Vegas medevac flight program. Erik became the manager of the Las Vegas base while also maintaining his skills in the trauma center as a nurse and in EMS as a street paramedic. Erik has been an active speaker at national conventions as well as a lead instructor for advanced procedural cadaver laboratories throughout the country. Erik maintains active credentials as an instructor for the Emergency Nurses Association Trauma Nursing Core Course as well as with the American Heart Association as a Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor. Erik maintains board certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, and Certified Flight Registered Nurse. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration and has been published in several textbooks and medical journals.

Alicia R. Dean, RN, MSN, CNS, APRN, earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and her master of science degree in nursing with a concentration in adult health trauma from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical background spans more than 30 years working in intensive care units and emergency departments in several Level I trauma centers. She has been a clinical nurse specialist for over 20 years. She spent most of those years as the clinical nurse specialist in ED/Critical Care/Trauma at Charity Hospital/University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in New Orleans. She is currently the Director for Continuing Nurse Education at LSUHSC School of Nursing. She is active in the Emergency Nurses Association, serving on a local, regional, and national level. She has been on the board of directors for the Louisiana Council of Emergency Nurses for over 20 years and is a past state president. She served as a planning committee member for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 National ENA Leadership Conference. She also served as the Planning Committee Chairperson for the 2013 National ENA Annual Conference and as a Planning Committee Member for the 2014 National ENA Annual Conference.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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