Thursday April 24 , 2014

Journal of Trauma Nursing

The Journal of Trauma Nursing is the only peer reviewed journal dedicated to trauma nursing. It is the official publication of the Society of Trauma Nursing.
There will be six Issues of JTN in 2014!

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Vanderbilt’s Level 1 Trauma Center Celebrates 25 Years of Saving Lives

Vanderbilt’s Level 1 Trauma Center Celebrates 25 Years of Saving Lives Over the past 25 years, nearly 60,000 of the region’s most critically injured patients have passed through the doors of the Vanderbilt Trauma Center, which today celebrates a quarter-century as the region’s only provider of Level 1 trauma care.

On Aug. 30, 1988, Vanderbilt became Middle Tennessee’s designated Level 1 Trauma Center, and to this day remains the region’s only hospital that meets the rigorous standards required to care for the most acutely ill patients.

Covering a 65,000-square-mile territory, 58,000 patients have been admitted to the Trauma Center over the past 25 years, including more than 25,000 motor vehicle accident victims, nearly 4,500 gunshot victims, 1,700 stabbing victims and more than 7,000 fall victims, along with a high volume of other injuries ranging from construction accidents to pedestrians hit by cars to recreational accidents.

Read more: Vanderbilt’s Level 1 Trauma Center Celebrates 25 Years of Saving Lives

ATCN at the Brazilian Congress of Emergency Nursing

ATCN was represented at the Brazilian Congress of Emergency Nursing, which took place July 10-12, 2013, with the central theme of "Patient Safety". There were seven pre-conference courses, and 130 oral and poster presentations during the Congress. Speakers came from all parts of Brazil, including two international speakers from Canada and the United States.

308 people attended the congress; most were nurses and nursing students.

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Oklahoma Tornado Relief

STN’s thoughts and concerns are with the victims, first responders and trauma teams in Oklahoma following the devastating tornadoes. STN encourages members to donate to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as both organizations will be providing tremendous support to victims and first responders.


Nashville Raises Awareness of Distracted Driving

As part of Trauma Awareness month the Vanderbilt University Lifeflight and Emergency Department teamed up with a few Nashville celebrities to  address the issue of distracted driving!

Click here to see the music video “Highway Don’t Care”  from Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Also, check out the pledge drive that the Trauma nurses are doing. This is a resource you don’t want to miss.

Thanks to Melissa Smith, STN member and Trauma Program Manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for sharing this one of a kind resource with the Society of Trauma Nurses. We encourage you to pass along the video link ( to your Injury Prevention Coordinators and community.  


STN Mentor Program

The STN Membership Committee is offer a mentoring program for members seeking advice and guidance from more seasoned peers. We have witnessed the positive impact of peer-to-peer mentoring at the STN conference and we want to expand and formalize opportunities for meaningful mentorship throughout the organization.

The STN Mentor Program was designed to foster the meaningful exchange of ideas and knowledge transfer that will enhance individual skills and advance STN’s mission to ensure the highest level of trauma care across the continuum.

The program is available to all members in good standing. We encourage you consider participating in the STN Mentor Program as a mentee. Applications will be collected, reviewed and assigned to mentors. Together, the mentor and mentee will determine the specific expectations and timeframe for the relationship to ensure both individuals benefit from the program.

Click here to complete your STN Request for a Mentor (i.e. Mentee) Application


TCAA Releases Advocacy Report

This report outlines the Trauma Center Association of America's (TCAA) federal advocacy accomplishments and on-going legislative efforts in support of its partnership with the Society of Trauma Nurses during the fourth quarter of 2012. Click here to download the report.

TCAA Members and Advocacy Partners Lobby Congress

TCAA Board Members and members blanketed Capitol Hill on June 28 during the association's annual Lobby Day, meeting with more than 70 Congressional offices to promote TCAA's advocacy messages. During these meetings, TCAA members educated legislators and their staff about trauma care, the value of receiving care for a traumatic injury at a trauma center, and the growing concern that the federal government has not made necessary investments in trauma, leaving a fragile trauma system to falter. TCAA members conveyed to members of Congress that the combination of market pressures and reduced reimbursement, as well as a growing shortage of on-call specialists, may result in a "perfect storm" of closures, with 30 percent of the nation's trauma centers having already closed between 1990 and 2005.