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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2014 Orange Book Now Available

Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient, (The Orange Book), by the American College of Surgeons, has finally arrived and is available for your download! For more information, visit the American College of Surgeons website by clicking here. If you would like to view a preview of the Orange Book, click here.

Please direct any questions you may have to Molly Lozada at

TCAA Action Needed

The Trauma Center Association of America needs your help. Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) are circulating a funding request letter. We urge Members of Congress in the House of Representatives to sign-on to the letter. In order to assist you, we have a request letter uploaded to our Legislative Software that will automatically contact your Congressmen.

Take Action Now and click here!

Congress is requested to include $28 million of implementation funding in the FY 2015 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act for the trauma and emergency medical services programs and activities that are authorized under Sections 1201-4, 1211-32, 1241-46 and 1281-2 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Funding for these programs will help improve access to life-saving trauma and burn care, prevent more trauma center closures and will pilot regionalized systems of emergency care to promote greater efficiency of emergency medical and trauma care.

Our trauma and emergency medical systems are designed to transport seriously injured individuals to trauma centers within a very short amount of time. However, because of a lack of resources, geographic distances, or both, sometimes the provision of trauma and emergency care does not occur in a coordinated fashion. When this happens, patient care can suffer. Through greater coordination and planning by the states, trauma and emergency systems can become truly integrated, reduce response time in that critical “golden hour,” and improve medical care at our nation’s trauma centers and throughout the health care system. In order to accomplish this high level of coordination, these critical programs must be funded at $28 million as authorized under the Public Health Service Act.

TCAA Responds to the Costs of Trauma Center Readiness

Costs Associated with trauma centers have come under significant scrutiny over the past few weeks in the media. The Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) supports an appropriate level of payment for trauma care provided by trauma centers. Trauma centers care for all victims of traumatic injury, regardless of their ability to pay and thus have significant uncompensated care.

The trauma response fee was designed to better reimburse for the cost of readiness and trauma team activation. Trauma team activations are not all the same -- they are based on the level of activation. Levels of activation are determined by the local, state or the American College of Surgeons’ field triage criteria, and applied based on the medical condition of the patient. TCAA supports a reasonable fee for trauma team activations and does not support fees in excess of the amount necessary to operate the trauma center for all who need it. TCAA has proposed to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)a new payment methodology for outpatient trauma care under Medicare that would not utilize the response fee and ensure adequate and appropriate payment.

Read more: TCAA Responds to the Costs of Trauma Center Readiness


MSN Programs Directory

MSN Programs Online has announced a new nursing education resource -- a comprehensive state-by-state directory of colleges and universities in the US that offer Master's programs in nursing which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The site assists users seeking not only traditional BSN to MSN programs, but also RN to MSN programs and Direct Entry MSN programs. Click here to access.

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.


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