Nursing: Essentials of Trauma Nursing, 2nd Edition

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About the Course

In recent years, the United States population has faced a number of mass traumatic attacks, prompting a reevaluation of the trauma system.  An organized approach and strong fundamental skills are essential to critically affect outcomes of injured patients.  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. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • 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.

About the Author:

Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN

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 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. 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 and the American Heart Association as a Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor. He 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.

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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