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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JTN Offers Free TBI Collection in Advance of Brain Injury Awareness Month

As we turn our attention to the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, we are mindful of the real potential for traumatic brain injury with these high-speed winter sports. Brain Injury Awareness Month is March—and in preparation for that, the Society of Trauma Nurses in collaboration with the Journal of Trauma Nursing, are pleased to bring you our entire collection of journal articles on traumatic brain injury (TBI).
These articles are offered as a free resource to you for the next 30 days (some of these articles also offer CE opportunities): Click here to link to the free collection. Please tell your colleagues to take advantage of these resources, which support STN’s mission to advocate for the highest level of quality trauma care across the continuum—and to ensure optimal trauma care for every patient.
Please contact STN headquarters for more information about the Journal of Trauma Nursing and STN membership.

Upcoming Optimal Courses

Friday, June 27, 2014
Los Angeles Association of Trauma Program Managers
Los Angeles, CA
Click here to register


STN Creates Speakers Bureau to Connect Great Presenters with Great Opportunities

Looking for a great speaker on pediatric or adult trauma issues? Stay tuned—STN is building a speakers bureau to meet the growing needs of its members and regional and national partners.

To that end, STN is currently seeking prospective speakers in the areas of pediatric or adult trauma nursing (across the continuum) to apply to be on the STN Speakers Bureau. Click here for more information about requirements and to apply today!

STN will develop and maintain a list of qualified trauma nursing speakers available to present at local, regional, or national conferences. This list will be able to be easily accessed by STN members for conference and training planning! If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please complete the form and submit a CV for consideration.

Please contact Kim Goff at if you have any questions.


TCAA Analysis on HOPPS Rule (CMS Proposed Ruling)

STN is pleased to report that in the final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rule issued on November 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) elected against proceeding with consolidation of the five emergency department codes into one single code which would have financially disadvantaged trauma centers for the high cost life-saving services they provide. CMS did proceed with consolidation of clinic codes. Please click here for an analysis of the final rule by the Trauma Center Association of America’s legislative counsel.

This is great news for trauma centers and trauma patients! We are appreciative of CMS' responsiveness to the concerns identified by TCAA on behalf of its members, to ensure the appropriate methodology and level of payment for trauma centers.

This is the beginning of a serious policy dialogue around Medicare payment for trauma centers. TCAA needs the active involvement of its members and affiliate organizations, including STN and its members.


Charitable Giving for Disaster Relief in the Phillipines

Dear STN Members:

We are all concerned about the devastation caused by the typhoon that recently struck the Philippines and the even more recent tornado damage in Illinois. As trauma nurses, it is our mission and responsibility to lend whatever support we can in these disaster situations. There are many reputable organizations that are collecting funds and supplies that can be used to help with the current crisis. We encourage all interested STN members to make direct contributions to a relief organization of their choice but suggest caution and prudence in selecting a reputable organization.

The following organizations have a known track record of using funds effectively in their disaster response: While STN does not recommend one organization over another, we do recommend that you research the organization that you choose and make sure it meets your objectives for your donation.   This website offers an independent assessment of charities.


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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