Editor-in-Chief: Kathryn Schroeter, PhD, RN, CNOR
ISSN: 1078-7496
Online ISSN: 1932-3883
Frequency: 6 issues / year
From the Online Editor

Not quite certain why seat belts in back seats so often seem to miss the radar.  According to the Governors Highway Safety Association only 17 states plus D.C. and two territories have primary Seat Belt Laws that include all seats (front and back).  According to an article published in Accident, Analysis and Prevention there is a higher mortality rate for drivers who have unrestrained back seat passengers. 

Does your state have a primary Seat Belt Law that applies to all seats?  Have you, should you, consider including this subject in your legislative agenda? 

Take a moment and respond to the current Quick Poll.  Let your colleagues know your thoughts.  How do trauma nurses respond to this question?


The winners of the 2014 JTN Writing Awards have been announced and are freely available to all during 2015.  The articles and links are found at the bottom of this column. Read the articles and let the authors know that you appreciate their contribution to trauma nursing.



Beyond the Journal of Trauma Nursing

With the launch of this section we hope to provide access to news and information of interest appearing beyond the borders of JTN.

Trauma in the News

Texting while driving  NY Times article on distracted driving

How is your state doing? MADD rates USA on drunk driving prevention.- USA Today 01-15-15

First Responders: Ditch the Spine Board Dec 15, 2014

Phillip Hughes: How is the brain injured- added 4 Dec 2014

Amputee rebuilds life at trauma center - added 18 Nov 2014

"The Importance of a trauma center in injury treatment" TV News report Nov 4, 2014

Trauma Care in Arkansas: A Medical Symphony Oct 1, 2014

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Seniors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk  Oct 27, 2014


Clinical Interest

Concussion and the Teenage Athlete Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, July/August 2015

New Report on Teens and Distracted Driving AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, March 2015

Balanced Ratio of Plasma, Platelets and RBCs best for Trauma  Reuter's Health Feb 4, 2015

CE "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" Published in November 2014 American Journal of Nursing

Tranexamic Acid for Trauma Related Hemorrhage April-June 2014 Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

"Look away: arterial and venous intravascular embolization following shotgun injury"
Nov 15, 2014 Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes

Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults" Published in July-Sept 2014 Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation

"Getting Ahead of Penetrating Neck Injuries" Published in October issue of Nursing 2014


Current Issue Highlights



Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses

Featured Video

Julie Nash, President of the Society of Trauma Nurses 

Available on iPad


Writer's Helps

A bit uncertain as to what constitutes an "evidence-based" article? Here are some helpful videos to assist you.

Recommended by your Editor-In-Chief

Additional helpful videos


Call for Manuscripts

Click here for a current listing of current article needs.

Information for Peer Reviewers

CE for Peer Reviewers- Obtain CE credit for doing peer reviews.  

Article: Peer Review for Professional Publications
Article: How to Phrase Feedback in Peer Reviews for Authors


Just For You

 Here is a link to a single page that will walk you through the process of accessing the online journal.

Quick Poll

Do you believe that society has an accurate image of trauma nurses?
Do you believe that society has an accurate image of trauma nurses?
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Upcoming Conferences

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Sept 25&26, 2015
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Contemporary Issues in Trauma 2015
Oct 9, 2015
Bethlehem, PA