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Establishing Standards for Trauma Nursing Education

The Central Ohio Trauma System's Approach

Haley, Kathy MS, BSN, RN; Martin, Stacey MS, ANP-BC; Kilgore, Jane MSN, RN, CEN; Lang, Carrie BSN, RN; Rozzell, Monica MS, RN; Coffey, Carla BSN, RN; Eley, Scott RN; Light, Andrea BSN, RN, TCRN, CEN, EMT; Hubartt, Jeff BSN, RN; Kovach, Sherri MS, BSN, RN; Deppe, Sharon BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000260

Trauma nursing requires mastering a highly specialized body of knowledge. Expert nursing care is expected to be offered throughout the hospital continuum, yet identifying the necessary broad-based objectives for nurses working within this continuum has often been difficult to define. Trauma nurse leaders and educators from 7 central and southeastern Ohio trauma centers and 1 regional trauma organization convened to establish an approach to standardizing trauma nursing education from a regional perspective. Forty-two trauma nursing educational objectives were identified. The Delphi method was used to narrow the list to 3 learning objectives to serve as the framework for a regional trauma nursing education guideline. Although numerous trauma nursing educational needs were identified across the continuum of care, a lack of clearly defined standards exists. Recognizing and understanding the educational preparation and defined standards required for nurses providing optimal trauma care are vital for a positive impact on patient outcomes. This regional trauma nursing education guideline is a novel model and can be used to assist trauma care leaders in standardizing trauma education within their hospital, region, or state. The use of this model may also lead to the identification of gaps within trauma educational systems.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Mss Haley and Coffey); OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio (Mss Martin and Rozzell); Genesis HealthCare System, Zanesville, Ohio (Ms Kilgore); Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio (Ms Lang); The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio (Mr Eley); Mount Carmel West Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Ms Light); OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Mr Hubartt); and Central Ohio Trauma System, Columbus (Mss Kovach and Deppe).

Correspondence: Sherri Kovach, MS, BSN, RN, Central Ohio Trauma System, 1390 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215 (

Author Contributions: (a) Conceived the idea, analyzed the data, or collected data: Conceiving and design of work—all authors except Kovach conceived the idea. Kovach was not employed at COTS during conception. All authors participated in analysis and collection of the data, including Kovach. All authors wrote a part of the manuscript as noted: (b) Manuscript: Haley—the plan, key points, results, storyboard, references, editing; Martin—literature review, results, conclusion; Kilgore—purpose, results; Lang—purpose, results, editing; Rozzell—literature review, results, conclusion; Coffey—key points, references, editing; Eley—key points, results; Light—topic, results, conclusions, editing; Hubartt—introduction, results, conclusions; Kovach—abstract, key points, conclusion, editing; Deppe—introduction, plan, results, storyboard, editing. (c) All authors participated in the final review of the manuscript prior to submission.

The Central Ohio Trauma System is a voluntary, cooperative, self-regulatory organization and maintains a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue status for charitable, educational, and scientific intent.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Copyright © 2017 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.