Frequently Asked Questions



There are so many ways to maximize your membership in the Society of Trauma Nurses for professional as well as personal growth. Provided below is a list of Frequency Asked Questions to help you make the most of your membership.

Who serves on the STN Board of Directors (BOD)?

The STN Board of Directors is elected annually and consists of officers and directors at large. The members serve a minimum 2 year term which commences and ends at the annual conference in the spring of each year.

The Board of Directors is responsible for guiding the association towards achievement of its mission through program development, planning and monitoring.

Does STN have committees?

The society has multiple committees with a variety of responsibilities and strategic tasks. Members in good standing are eligible to apply to serve as a committee chair. Committee chairs are appointed by the STN President. Committee members may volunteer to serve and are confirmed by the committee chair. Current committees include:
  • Advanced Trauma Care of Nurses (ATCN) Executive Committee
  • Annual Conference Planning
  • Awards Committee
  • EAST Planning Committee
  • Leadership Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Pediatric Trauma Nursing Committee
  • Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Committee (TOPIC)
  • Website Committee
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and then complete the STN Volunteer form.

What are Special Interest Groups (SIGs)?

STN is committed to meeting the various needs of its membership by providing information and education to assist nurses in reaching their professional goals. The SIGs provide support such as internet resources, selected readings, sample documents, education and opportunities for active involvement. Provided below is a list of the current SIGs and web pages.

Does STN offer continuing education contact hours?

The Society of Trauma Nurses provides the following trauma focused continuing education courses and products. Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient. The ATCN course is taught concurrently with ATLS. The ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering a superb trauma educational program, and maintaining a positive collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma State Chapters. The ATCN program is currently being offered in numerous states as well as internationally. Click here for additional information.

Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC)
The STN TOPIC course is taught to all members of the trauma system team who participate in the on-going assessment, evaluation and improvement of trauma care. The Society of Trauma Nurses developed the course in response to the need for education and better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care. TOPIC focuses on the on-going assessment of the continuum of trauma care with a structured review of process and discussions of strategies to monitor trauma patient outcomes. The TOPIC course is taught in a one day interactive Modular Format, customized to best meet the needs of the individual trauma care provider participants who have varying levels of experience with trauma performance improvement. The course offers practical application for all Levels of trauma centers, from entry level to mature phase of program development. The Modules are taught with a focus on didactic, operational definitions, sample tools, case study examples and take home points. Click here for additional information.

Annual Conference
The STN Annual Conference is held each year in the spring and attracts over 500 nursing professionals working in the field of trauma. The program features multiple concurrent sessions, clinical topics, poster presentations, plenary sessions and committee/special interest group meetings. Additionally, each year a number of specialized preconference sessions are offered and provide opportunities for attendees to earn continue education contact hour on specific trauma topics. The STN Annual Conference includes over 60 poster presentations and industry vendors. Click here for additional information.

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Scientific Assembly
The Society of Trauma Nurses partners with the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) to provide nursing education at their annual scientific assembly. Currently STN coordinates 1 workshop, 3 sunrise sessions and 1 plenary session.

The EAST Foundation and STN have also partnered to offer the STN EAST Foundation Nurse Fellow Program. The purpose of the program is to provide exposure of trauma nurses to the EAST Scientific Assembly and gain access to key leaders in trauma care.

The Nurse Fellow will be supported for travel, hotel and registration fees made possible by donations to EAST Foundation Nurse Fellow program. The successful candidate(s) will be assigned a mentor who will assist the fellow with designing a plan for programs to attend and interviews with leaders. Daily the Nurse Fellow will write a “news brief” highlighting programs and events from the day that will be sent out via electronic blasts.

The Nurse Fellow will also author an editorial that will be run in the Journal of Trauma Nursing (JTN) following the meeting to summarize the experience. Mentoring from the JTN Editorial Review Board will be provided.

The Nurse Fellow will be introduced during the Scientific Assembly and at both the STN Networking Reception and the EAST Business Meeting.

The call for nominations opens in April each year and closes in August with selected candidate(s) notified and announced in early September.

Click here for additional information.

Electronic Library of Trauma Lectures
The Electronic Library of Trauma Lectures® (eLibrary) is a CD of trauma related presentations considered the pre‐eminent industry resource on trauma nursing care. The eLibrary is designed to serve as a complete educational program for training nurses across the trauma continuum of care. Each presentation contains the following:
  • Learning objectives
  • Detailed lecture format using MS PowerPoint including instructor notes
  • Discussion questions
  • Post-test with questions and answers for self-assessment
Click here for additional information.

Senior Lifestyle Injury Prevention
The SLIP injury prevention program is designed to address the needs of older adults. Elderly persons are disproportionately at risk for poor outcomes following injury, and are rapidly growing in the overall population. The aging process affects visual, cognitive, and psychomotor skills, and even simple tasks of daily living can put older adults at risk for injury. These facts support the need for injury prevention programs like this one. SLIP was developed by the Michigan Trauma Nurse Council, which recognized the scarcity of injury-prevention programs that targeted senior adults. The Society of Trauma Nurses adopted SLIP as part of its strategy to promote independence through injury prevention. Click here for additional information.


How do I login to the STN website to gain access to the members’ only information?

Username: STN usernames are the primary email address entered in with the contact information when a member joins the organization.
Password: the default password is Password1. The site asks users to change their passwords after logging in the first time.

Member account information can be updated by choosing Account Management from the Members Only menu. Please note that in order to update account information members must be logged in.

The STN website is designed so that once logged in members-only information is activated throughout the site. The site does not have a members only section rather members only information integrated into the site.

Please contact STN Headquarters at 859-977-7456 or email at info@traumanurses.org if you experience problems with your username and password.

Does STN have a Membership Directory?

The STN Membership Directory is available online. After logging in choose Membership Directory from the Membership tab. Members are able to search for other members by multiple criteria including name, state, title, organization, etc.

All information is web based. Please contact STN Headquarters at 859-977-7456 or via email at info@traumanurses.org if you have specific questions about membership.

Does STN publish a journal and if so, how often is it printed and is it available online?

STN publishes the Journal of Trauma Nursing (JTN) which is released 6 times a year: 4 print issues and 2 issues (January and July) that are online only. JTN online includes previously published articles as well as many more features that are designed to help you personalize your online subscription preferences.

My center is updating policies, forms, templates, etc. does STN provide resources I can reference and repurpose?

One of the many benefits STN offers for its members is an online Resource Library. The Resource Library is accessible under the Resources tab from the STN home page. The library includes forms, templates and articles in the categories of administration, clinical practice and guidelines, job descriptions, performance improvement, policies and procedures, registry and trauma activation.

If you have any resources you would like to share please email them to cwalls@traumanurses.org and he will add them to the library for other members to access and utilize.

Does STN permit job postings in the Online Community?

STN offers its members and the public access to a Career Center. Members can post resumes and search open positions. Additionally, institutions may browse member resumes and post open positions.

Institutions may also purchase the STN mailing address which can be used to publicize open positions as well as to marketing trauma publications, meetings, symposiums, etc. Another option is to purchase advertising space in JTN. Click here to download the order form as well as the advertising rate sheet for JTN.

Contact Information

Society of Trauma Nurses
446 East High Street, Suite 10
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone: 859-977-7456
Fax: 859-271-0607
General Email: info@traumanurses.org