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Course Description

This trauma certification review course is designed and developed to prepare nurses specializing in trauma care to take the TCRN Examination. This review course provides topics featured on the examination such as neurotrauma, chest, abdominal, extremity and wound, injury prevention and professional issues in trauma nursing. It also provides hints throughout the course on test-taking skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • State the assessment, management and potential complications of head/neck, trunk and extremity trauma.
  • Discuss the topics of shock in relation to trauma patients and identify psychosocial support of families.
  • Identify issues of the continuum of care for a trauma patient from prehospital through rehabilitation or end-of-life.
  • Describe professional issues for trauma nurses including quality management, safety issues, disaster 
    management, ethics and trauma regulation.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Neurological Trauma
    Traumatic Brain Injuries | Spinal Trauma
  • Continuum of Care
    Injury Prevention | Prehospital Care | Patient Safety | Patient Transfers | Forensic Issues | End-of-Life 
    Issues | Rehabilitation
  • Abdominal Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Assessment | Hollow-Organ Injuries | Solid-Organ Injuries | Diaphragmatic Injuries | Retroperitoneal Injuries
  • Genitourinary Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Penetrating Vs. Blunt | Ureter, Bladder and Urethral Injuries | Complications
  • Obstetrical Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Differences with Pregnancy | Resuscitation of Pregnant Trauma Patient | Emergency C-Section

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Special Considerations
    Hypovolemic Shock | Shock States | SIRS/MODS | Psychosocial Issues
  • Thoracic Trauma
    Chest-Wall Injuries | Pulmonary Injuries | Cardiac Injuries | Great Vessel Injury
  • Maxillofacial and Neck Trauma
    Facial Fractures | Ocular Trauma | Neck Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
    Vertebral Fractures | Pelvic Injuries | Compartment Syndrome | Amputations | Extremity Fractures | Soft-Tissue Injuries
  • Surface and Wound Trauma
    Chemical Burns | Electrical Burns | Thermal Burns
  • Recommended Trauma Quality Management Programs