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Advanced Practice Nursing Committee on Process Improvement in Trauma: An Innovative Application of the Strong Model

West, Sarah Katherine MS, RN, ACNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000220

This article aims to summarize the successes and future implications for a nurse practitioner–driven committee on process improvement in trauma. The trauma nurse practitioner is uniquely positioned to recognize the need for clinical process improvement and enact change within the clinical setting. Application of the Strong Model of Advanced Practice proves to actively engage the trauma nurse practitioner in process improvement initiatives. Through enhancing nurse practitioner professional engagement, the committee aims to improve health care delivery to the traumatically injured patient. A retrospective review of the committee's first year reveals trauma nurse practitioner success in the domains of direct comprehensive care, support of systems, education, and leadership. The need for increased trauma nurse practitioner involvement has been identified for the domains of research and publication.

Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Correspondence: Sarah Katherine West, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, Grant Medical Center, 111 S. Grant Ave, Ste 350, Columbus, OH 43215 (

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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