EAST Conference Planning Committee
The Society of Trauma Nurses first collaborated with the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) on a limited basis in 2003 by providing the nursing CEs for EAST’s Annual Scientific Assembly. In 2004 and 2005, STN co-sponsored a session called the Leadership Roundtable.
In 2006, the EAST leadership offered STN an opportunity to expand the annual meeting attendance to include trauma nurses. In 2007 this was expanded to include two plenary sessions and a one-day course, Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course® (TOPIC), and in 2008 the collaboration continued with sunrise sessions, a parallel plenary and a full-day workshop. Since 2009 the collaboration again included sunrise sessions, a parallel plenary and a full-day workshop.
The EAST Conference Planning Committee is responsible for planning the STN sponsored sessions at the EAST Scientific Assembly.
- Co-Chair: Joan Pirrung, APRN, BC
- Co-Chair: Amber Kyle, MSN, RN
- Judi Graybeal
- Amy Koestner
- Elizabeth Seislove
- Carla Carusone
- Deborah Harkins
- Kate Fitzpatrick
- Robbi Hartsock
- John Gallagher
- Sue Cox
In 2011, STN and the EAST Foundation launched the STN – EAST Nurse Fellow Program to provide exposure of trauma nurses to the EAST Scientific Assembly and gain access to key leaders in trauma care. The Nurse Fellow is supported for travel, hotel and registration fees made possible by donations to the EAST Foundation Board Nurse Fellow program. The successful candidate is assigned a mentor who assists the fellow with designing a plan for programs to attend and interviews with leaders. Daily, the Nurse Fellow writes a “news brief” that will be sent out via electronic blasts and highlight programs and events from the day. The Fellow also authors an editorial that will be run in the Journal of Trauma Nursing following the meeting to summarize their experience and put out call for future Nurse Fellows. The Nurse Fellow is introduced during the Scientific Assembly and at both the STN Networking Reception and the EAST Business Meeting.
- Applications for the nurse fellow are released in the summer and the fellowship is awarded in the fall.
- Meet the 2012 Nurse Fellow – Katie Heldt
- Read Katie Heldt’s Blog