TraumaCon 2018

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March 21-23, 2018
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, Oregon

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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, March 21
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM SIG & Committee Session 1


Geriatric SIG
Advanced Practice SIG
ATCN Committee (8:00 AM - 10:15 AM)
Clinical Committee
Membership and Marketing Committee

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM SIG & Committee Session 2


Injury Prevention SIG
ATCN Open Forum
Leadership Development Committee
Pediatric Committee
Government Affairs/Public Policy Committee

12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Advanced Practice Pre-Conference
Presenters: Jonathan Van Horn, PA-C
Jason Saucier, AGACNP-BC
Renee Theisen, FNP-BS
Scott Sherry, MS, PA-C, FCCM


Healthcare is constantly changing and the need to maintain clinical competence has become a daily endeavor for advanced practitioners. Thanks to feedback from EAST and STN members, desired learning areas have been identified and selected to meet the needs of both organizations’ members.

This workshop combines a balance of clinical and non-clinical topics designed to enrich the practice and profession of APs. Updates and best practices on managing the acute abdomen will be explored. The growing opioid epidemic and struggle to provide appropriate pain control in the acutely injured patient is a daily headline – finding balance and management strategies will be discussed. Being a strong clinician is important, but recognizing the need for performance improvement and the role of APs in it, which is expanding, will be addressed. Not all APs bill or are familiar with its practice. Whether one bills or does not, appreciating its nuances will only enhance documentation, communication, and delivery of quality care. For those who do bill, this workshop will work towards improving the accuracy and avoiding fraud in the process; for those who do not, it will enhance their documentation strategies.

12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Geriatric Pre-Conference
Presenters: Stephanie Devore, BSN, RN
Annemarie Glazer, BSN, MBA, RN, TCRN
Kai Bortz, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNL, TCRN
Cathy Maxwell, PhD, RN
Sandra Garrett, MSN, RN


An increasing number of geriatric trauma patients across all trauma centers, due to aging population, has become a public health crisis. Physiological changes in the older adult make the geriatric trauma patient at high risk for complications, and care must be specialized to meet their unique needs. Research shows that specialized care, focused on the older adult, can improve outcomes of the geriatric trauma population. Many trauma centers are unaware of the available resources and how to get started on gaining buy-in and recognition of the need to focus on this population.



This course will help trauma nurses gain a greater understanding of the epidemic of geriatric trauma and recognize methods to improve relationships with pre-hospital personnel to improve outcomes. Trauma nurses will be able to identify risk factors of frailty, how to identify frailty and how it contributes to injury in older adults. Trauma nurses will be able to discover at least one resource available that will assist in palliative care of the geriatric trauma patient. Trauma centers will be able to recognize the first steps towards creating a geriatric friendly emergency department.


12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Rural Trauma Care Pre-Conference: What Resources Can We Optimize?
Presenters: Amy Eberle, BSN, RN, TCRN
Deb Syverson, BSN, RN
Sheryl Sahr, MD


This is an essential course for regional trauma centers, which support rural programs or those who work within rural trauma centers, where trauma volumes are low, distances long, and resources can be scarce. 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.


At the end of this session, attendees should be able to:
  1. List three improvement opportunities rural care providers can focus on to improve trauma patient care and outcomes.
  2. Identify issues causing obstacles in obtaining a functional regional and state trauma system.
  3. Describe a trauma performance improvement process that will improve trauma care.
  4. Describe the teamwork required to facilitate an optimal transfer of a trauma patient, including the performance improvement process.
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM Leadership Pre-Conference
Melissa Hockaday, ACNP
Jasmine Garces-King, DNP, RN, CCRN, TCRN, ACNP-BC
Amy Krichten, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
Sarah Mattocks, MSN, RN, FNP-C, TCRN


The Society of Trauma Nurses Leadership pre-conference is designed for trauma professionals who are interested in gaining knowledge in leadership principles, effective communication strategies and implementation of effective tools to change practice. The leadership conference will be facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable leaders who have served in various roles within the trauma community. The leadership preconference should be attended by both novice and experienced leaders who are seeking opportunities to excel in their careers.



12:30-12:50 ICE Breaker
12:50-1:10 How to Drive Passion & Perseverance
1:10-1:30 Managing Daily Crisis & Resilience
1:30-1:50 The Dreaded Crucial Conversation: How to Have Constructive Disagreements
1:50-2:05 Break
2:05-2:25 Balance, Burnout and the Power of No
2:25-2:45 The Key to Delegation and Deselection
2:45-3:05 Transformational Leadership & Emotional Intelligence
3:05-3:25 The Role of the Advocate, Coach, Mentor
3:25-3:45 BREAK
3:45-4:00 Empowering & Building Effective Teams
4:00-4:20 Networking
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM TOPIC Committee Meeting

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM TCRN Reception
Hosted by BCEN

All attendees are welcome to attend. Stop by and network with nurses who are TCRN-certified and learn more about the program.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall and Welcome Reception
  • Network with your colleagues and vendor partners
  • Hearty appetizers and Cash Bar
  • Visit the Exhibits
  • Play Oregon Trail Exhibit Hall Game

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