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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 12/31/2018.
Expiration Date: December 31, 2018
In this nursing assessment of the trauma patient course, current evidence-based practice in the initial assessment, nursing interventions, and evaluation of the trauma patient is presented. The goal of this course is to provide the essential, systematic assessment of the trauma patient, including mechanisms of injury, common injuries seen, and nursing interventions, resuscitation, and evaluation of injured patients receiving care.
Course content includes concepts of trauma systems, triage, initial assessment of pediatric and adult trauma, shock, trauma to specific anatomic regions, and burns and cold injuries. The learner will be able to systematically identify the nursing assessment and interventions as well as identify the mechanism of action for trauma patients, identifying the system, and specific injury sustained.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1662 Essentials of Trauma Nursing (30 contact hours).
Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 3.75 Category A contact hours and 11.25 Category B contact hours toward recertification.
- Describe the epidemiology of trauma, mechanisms of injury, and key components of a trauma care system
- Describe the initial assessment of the trauma patient
- 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
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.
- 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.