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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 30 Contact Hours
Author(s): Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN
Peer Reviewer(s): Alicia R. Dean RN, MSN, CNS, APRN 
Item#: N1662
Contents: 1 Course Book (358 Pages)
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Essentials of Trauma Nursing

Price $74.95
Item # N1662
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 2/1/2019.

Release Date: November 19, 2015

Expiration Date: February 1, 2019

Trauma is a global problem defined as any injury caused by a transfer of energy to the body. It is ranked as the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and is the number one cause of death among people 1 to 44 years of age in the United States (CDC, 2014). In this edition, current evidence-based practice has been updated as well as the addition of a chapter covering bariatric trauma. The goal of this course is to provide comprehensive content on nursing trauma care, including mechanisms of injury, common injuries seen, and resuscitation and management of injured patients. The course serves as a reference for trauma registered nurses working in the emergency room, trauma intensive care units, and for those practicing in nontrauma clinical areas who desire to know more about trauma care. The course also serves as a preparation for trauma nursing certification. Course content includes basic concepts of trauma systems, triage, initial assessment of pediatric and adult trauma, shock, trauma to specific anatomic regions, burn and cold injuries, maternal and pediatric trauma, elder trauma, bariatric trauma, psychosocial aspects of trauma care, disaster management, interpretation of arterial blood gas reports, and nursing care of the recovering trauma patient.

Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 7.5 Category A contact hours and 22.5 Category B contact hours toward recertification.

Course Objectives


  • Describe the epidemiology of trauma, mechanisms of injury, principles of disaster management, and key components of a trauma care system
  • Describe the initial assessment and post-trauma nursing care of the trauma patient, including interpretation of arterial blood gas reports
  • Describe the nursing management of shock
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with a head injury
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with eye, maxillofacial, and neck injuries
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with thoracic trauma
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with abdominal trauma
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with spinal cord injuries
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with musculoskeletal trauma
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with burn and cold injuries
  • Identify the nursing management of trauma in special populations (pregnant women, pediatrics, geriatrics, and bariatrics)
  • Identify the psychosocial issues affecting the trauma nurses, patients and caregivers of patients who have experienced a traumatic 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 Aeromedical Program out of 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 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 Severity 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.

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 more than 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 the Lousiana State University Health Sciences Center 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 more than 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.
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