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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 13 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#: N1677
Contents: 1 Course Book (148 pages)
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Special Considerations in Trauma Nursing

Price $43.95
Item # N1677
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 12/31/2018.

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

After an introduction to the etiology of trauma and components of a trauma care system, this course highlights special considerations beyond the initial assessment of the trauma patient.  These considerations include areas of high-risk and special populations seen in trauma care.  Shock states and burn/cold trauma require special nursing assessment and early nursing intervention and management. Nursing considerations for special populations, such as pregnant women, children, geriatric, and bariatric patients are presented with current evidenced-based practice. Most nurses within emergency departments and critical care require education in disaster preparation as they are considered the front-line healthcare professionals managing events that potentially strain the facilities and local government health delivery systems.  The chapter on disaster management will present the definitions of disaster and nursing responsibilities during a disaster.  Finally, psychosocial considerations, such as the patient and their support system’s perception of the traumatic event, will assist the nurse to assess coping mechanisms and to support the patient and their family holistically.

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 2.6 Category A contact hours and 10.4 Category B contact hours toward recertification.


Course Objectives


  • Describe the epidemiology of trauma, disaster management, and key components of a trauma care system
  • Describe the nursing management of shock
  • Describe the nursing management of the patient with burn and cold injuries
  • Identify the nursing management of trauma in special populations, including 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 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.
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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.