Friday April 25 , 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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Pre-Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Day 1 Day 2 Biographies

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Pre-Conference Sessions

Note: Register early—Space is limited and separate registration fees for each session apply.

For the TOPIC course and the Optimal Trauma Center Organization course, registration includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break. For the half-day pre-conferences (in the afternoon), registration includes course materials and an afternoon break.

7:45 – 4:30 PM, Trauma Outcomes & Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC)

Heidi Hotz, RN
Trauma Program Manager, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Kathleen D. Martin, MSN, RN, CCRN
Trauma Program Nurse Director, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, US Army Military Treatment Facility, Landstuhl, Germany

TOPIC was developed by a seasoned group of trauma leaders, to assist participants with the Performance Improvement (PI) process in trauma care. This one-day course focuses on skill development for trauma program staff who are involved in the ongoing evaluation of trauma care across the continuum. It offers concrete strategies for the monitoring of trauma care, loop closure, and patient outcomes. The course provides practical lessons for all levels of trauma centers, from entry level to those who have achieved a mature phase of program development. TOPIC consists of 12 modules in PI and outcomes assessment, and includes over 50 case study examples, sample documents, and templates.

Moderator – Connie Mattice, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP

9.3 CE

8:00 – 4:00 PM, Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course

Frank "Tres" Mitchell, III, MD, MHA, FAC
Medical Director, Trauma & Surgical Critical Care, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale, Arizona

Amy Koestner, RN, MSN
Trauma Program Manager, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Judy Mikhail, RN, MSN, MBA
MI Trauma Quality Improvement Program, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have partnered to develop the Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course.

  • Both physicians and nurses teach this collaborative course. Its goal is to enhance trauma center performance and to improve patient care through implementation of the ACS COT Trauma Center Standards.
  • Whether yours is a mature verified center or a hospital preparing for designation, this course is designed to help participants develop strategies, processes, and operations to support trauma systems based on their own unique environments. It is designed to help you take your trauma center to the next level, beyond verification or designation.
  • The nuances of implementing or improving upon trauma center criteria within the structure of your specific facility will be reviewed in an interactive forum.
  • The course is designed to assist Trauma Medical Directors, Trauma Program Managers/Coordinators, Administrators, Trauma Registrars, State/Region personnel and other disciplines involved in trauma.


Moderator – Amy Koestner, RN, MSN

8.1 CE

12:30 – 4:35 PM, Child Abuse: A Problem Bigger Than Texas

Karla Lawson, PhD, MPH
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas • Austin, Texas

Jamye Coffman, MD
Cook Children's Hospital • Fort Worth, Texas

Sue Cox, RN, MSN, CEN, PHN
Rady Children's Hospital • San Diego, California

Nilda Garcia, MD
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas • Austin, Texas

Rachel Berger, MD, MPH
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jamie Ferrell, RN
Forensic Nurse Specialist • Houston, Texas

Lt. Andrew Carian
San Antonio Police Department, Sex Crimes/Family Violence Unit • San Antonio, Texas

Catherine Babbitt
Prosecutor, Bexar County District Attorney's Office • San Antonio, Texas

Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH
University of North Carolina • Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Violence against children presents trauma centers with one of their most serious and daunting challenges, regardless of geographiclocation. Affecting more than 12 children in a thousand, child abuse is responsible for the deaths of almost 1500 children per year—the majority occurring in children less than 4 years of age. STN's Pediatric Committee brings you this remarkable 4-hour pre-conference, which focuses on the screening, recognition, prosecution, treatment, and prevention of non-accidental injury against children. This program assembles national and regional experts to discuss topics from the epidemiology of abuse to successful prevention programs. This is essential information for trauma care providers who care for children of any age.


  • Epidemiology of Child Abuse • National Data/Incidence/Cause
  • Clinical • Child Abuse: Clinical Findings—What it is and what it isn't; Programmatic development/25-year experience/Lessons learned; Surgical findings in child abuse.
  • Child Abuse Research • Improving the evidence-base: Recent research in child physical abuse
  • Legal Aspects of Child Abuse • Forensic nursing; When your call becomes a crime scene; Prosecuting the alleged abuser; Panel discussion/Questions from the audience
  • Child Abuse Prevention • Evidence-based prevention programs for infants and toddlers


Moderators - Deb Brown, RN, BSN, MHA
Chris McKenna, MSN, RN, CRNP
Lynn Haas, RN, MSN, CPNP
Marie Campbell, RN, MSEd, MS, CPC
Diane Fendya, MSN, RN
Sue Rzucidlo, MSN, RN

4.6 CE

12:30 – 4:35 PM, Severe Brain Trauma: Guidelines & Emerging Science

Claudia Robertson, MD
Medical Director - Center for Neurosurgical Intensive Care, Ben Taub General Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FAHA
Neuro/Critical Care CNS, Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, California

Severe TBI patients require complex and coordinated monitoring and interventions. In the best of circumstances, these efforts are based on evidence-based practice guidelines that work to minimize secondary brain injury while optimizing cerebral perfusion. This half-day course is designed for acute care trauma providers, to enhance their ability to promote optimal outcomes for severe neuro-trauma patients. Its purpose is to review the evidence for current monitoring techniques, treatment parameters, interventions, and goals in severe brain trauma. The speakers will also address emerging science in neuro critical care, including an overview of research in intentional hypothermia for this population.


  • The Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines: Evidence-Based Neuro Care
    Claudia Robertson, MD
  • Emerging Science in Neuro Critical Care
    Claudia Robertson, MD
  • Multi-Modality Monitoring in the Neuro Trauma Patient
    Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FAHA
  • Hypothermia in Brain Trauma—Is Cold Still Hot?
    Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FAHA


Moderators: Linda Reinhart, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN
Deb Falkenberg, RN, MSN

4.5 CE