Wednesday April 23 , 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

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 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)

Kathleen D. Martin, MSN, RN, CCRN
TOPIC Committee Chair

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

TOPIC is a one-day course that was developed by a seasoned group of trauma leaders, to assist participants with the Performance Improvement (PI) process in trauma care.

TOPIC 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 with data driven evaluation 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.

It consists of 8 modules in PI and outcomes assessment, and will introduce taxonomy terminology and categories applications. The course also includes various case vignettes in interactive group forums for application of the PI process, sample documents, and templates. TOPIC can now be co-taught by both nurse and physician faculty.

9.3 CE

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

Arthur L. Ney, MD
Trauma Director and Assistant Chief of Surgery Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Amy Koestner, RN, MSN
Trauma Program Manager, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

Judy Mikhail, RN, MSN, MBA
Program Manager, Michigan TQIP, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Molly Lozada
Administrator, Trauma Verification Program, American College of Surgeons

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 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 will assist Trauma Medical Directors, Trauma Program Managers/Coordinators, Administrators, Trauma Registrars, State/Region personnel and other disciplines involved in trauma.

8.1 CE

12:30 – 4:45 PM
Pediatric Trauma: The Silent Epidemic – Violence in Kids Lives On

Angela M. Boy, DrPH
Program Manager, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Diana Kraus, RN, BSN
Trauma Program Manager, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Heidi Almodovar, MSN, RN, CPNP
Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Hospital Boston, MA

Lisa Reichter, BSN, RN, CCRN

Linda Roney, MSN, RN-BC, CPEN

This is a time of great concern about violent behavior and bullying among our youth. The care of these children can be complex and requires skill and coordination for best outcomes. The speakers will address issues in the assessment of the pediatric trauma patient who has experienced a violent situation, including those with penetrating trauma, bullying, and teen domestic violence. They will also address violence prevention and what programs seem to be working. The session will wrap up with a discussion of interesting cases.


  • Family Violence: Teen Domestic Violence & Bullying
  • Tips to Effectively Screen for Teen Abuse & Household Violence
  • Penetrating Trauma: When Your Pediatric Patient is Stabbed or Shot
  • Violence Prevention: What’s Working?
  • Challenging Cases


Moderators: Lisa Gray, RN, BSN

4.0 CE

12:30 – 4:45 PM
Rural Trauma: A Recipe for Success Beyond the City Walls

Don Jenkins, MD, FACS
St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Carol Immerman, RN, BSN
St. Mary’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Deb Syverson, RN, BSN
Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND

Amy Eberle, BSN

Kirstie Bingham, RN

This is an essential course for regional trauma centers who support rural programs or those who work within rural trauma centers, where trauma volumes are low, distances long, and resources can be scare. Rural regions house only 25% of the U.S. population, but have 60% of the trauma deaths. This course has been designed to help rural facilities achieve optimal outcomes through improved performance improvement. These 3 speakers bring significant experience with rural trauma.


  • Challenges for Rural Trauma Hospitals
  • Development/Maintenance of Rural Trauma Programs & Systems
  • P.I. for Rural Trauma
  • Getting Started
  • Regional/State P.I.
  • Resources for Rural Hospitals
  • Panel Discussion


Moderators: Carol Immermann, RN, BSN

4.0 CE

12:30 – 4:45 PM
Advanced Practice: The Roadmap to Improved Outcomes

Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD, ACNP
Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA

John Gallagher, RN, MSN, CNS
Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Benjamin Laughton, RN, MSN, CRNP
Senior Director of Nursing Informatics and the EPIC Project, University of Maryland Medical Center

Thomas A. Geng, Jr., DO
The Reading Hospital & Trauma Center, Reading, PA

Adam Shiroff, MD, FACS

This pre-conference is designed to cover a broad array of clinical, research, and educational topics, and its scope reflects the growth in advanced practice trauma nursing over the past decade.


  • From Bench to Bedside: APN Role in Translational Trauma Research
  • Abdominal Compartment Syndrome
  • Novice to Expert
  • Trauma Pharmacology Update
  • Mr. T. is back from the OR: What the Heck Happened in There?


Moderator: Amanda McNichols

4.0 CE