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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 25 Contact Hours
Author(s): Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Denise Buckley, MS, RN, CEN, TCRN
  • Sandra Mackey, MSN, RN, TCRN TCRN
Item#: N1880
Contents: 1 Course Book (366 pages)
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Essentials of Trauma Nursing, 2nd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1880
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 21, 2018

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

In recent years, the United States population has faced a number of mass traumatic attacks, prompting a reevaluation of the trauma system. This course provides nurses working in the trauma care continuum with current evidence-based practice in the initial assessment, interventions, and evaluation of the trauma patient. Concepts of trauma systems, triage, trauma to specific anatomic regions, psychosocial aspects of trauma care, and care of the recovering trauma patient are discussed. An organized approach and strong fundamental skills are essential to critically affect outcomes of injured patients.

Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 1.6 Category A contact hours and 23.4 Category B contact hours toward recertification

Course Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology of trauma and basic mechanisms of injury.
  • Identify the components of a trauma care system, including arterial blood gas values.
  • Describe the initial assessment of the trauma patient.
  • Describe the principles of shock management.
  • Discuss the identification and management of head, eye, maxillofacial, and neck injuries.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of common chest injuries and appropriate interventions to manage thoracic trauma.
  • Describe the key components of assessing and managing abdominal, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal traumas.
  • Describe the techniques used in the assessment and management of environmental injuries.
  • Describe the principles of assessment and treatment of trauma in special populations.
  • Describe the principles of disaster management.
  • Identify the psychosocial issues that affect trauma nurses, patients, and patient families.
  • Discuss nursing management of problems commonly experienced by trauma patients during hospitalization.

Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN, has more than 30 years of widespread clinical trauma experience, most recently as a rotor-wing flight nurse/paramedic for the Bayflite Aeromedical Program out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Erik began his trauma career in 1988 in Bristol, Connecticut, working for a busy hospital-based emergency medical services (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 the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, the busiest Level I trauma center based on Injury Severity Score (ISS) rating at the time in the United States. In concert with 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.

Denise Buckley, MS, RN, CEN, TCRN, is currently the Trauma Program manager at a Level III trauma center in Massachusetts. Denise earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and her Master of Science degree with a concentration in critical care and emergency nursing from Northeastern University in Massachusetts. Denise has more than 35 years of nursing experience in the areas of emergency nursing and performance improvement and current experience as a trauma program manager.

Her experience has been in both Level I and Level III trauma centers. Denise has been a Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) instructor and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for many years. She is also a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses.

Sandra Mackey, MSN, RN, TCRN, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston and
her Master of Science degree in nursing with a concentration in quality and patient safety from Southern New Hampshire University. Her
nursing background includes over 25 years working in critical care, emergency, and trauma nursing. She is currently the director of Trauma
Services at an adult trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). She is an active member of the Emergency Nurses
Association and the Society of Trauma Nurses and has taught the Trauma Nurses Certification Prep course nationally. She is passionate
about trauma care, injury prevention, and outreach as well as mentoring nurses new to trauma care.

  • 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.
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  • 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.