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Transitioning the Complex Trauma Patient From the ICU

Acute Care Nurses' Perceptions of Readiness

Garlow, Laura MHA, BSN, RN; Day, Angela MSN, MHA, RN, CCRN; Payne, Camille PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000108

Trauma centers improve patient outcomes through the provision of expert care by trauma surgeons and nurses. While the American College of Surgeons stipulates that trauma centers must have qualified nurses, there is no clear definition of qualified, nor is there a recommendation for trauma nurse readiness beyond the emergency department or intensive care. In a newly designated level II trauma center, it was recognized that nurses were unprepared to provide care to complex trauma patients. This study explored nurses' perceptions of their knowledge, skills and confidence in complex trauma care utilizing a novel transitional care model.

Trauma Services (Ms Garlow) and Intensive Care Unit (Ms Day), WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, Georgia; and WellStar School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia (Dr Payne).

Correspondence: Laura Garlow, MHA, BSN, RN, Trauma Services, WellStar Kennestone Hospital, 55 Whitcher St, Ste 130, Marietta, GA 30060 (

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