Heidi Hotz was the recipient of the 2009 Trauma Leadership Award, presented at the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) Annual Conference in Phoenix. Heidi is the trauma program manager for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has more than 25 years of trauma, clinical, and program management experience. During her tenure as the STN president, there were more than 20 inaugural Advance Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) courses around the United States. She was the first appointed chair of the STN/ATCN National-International Committee and is currently ATCN faculty.
She is an author and a faculty member for the STN's Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC).
She was a member of the STN Board of Directors for more than 8 years in the positions of director at large, treasurer, president-elect, and president. She is also a board member and an executive committee member with the American Trauma Society.
Heidi has been actively involved in many local, regional, national, and international trauma projects, programs, and initiatives and has held many trauma leadership positions. Her involvement includes trauma hospital and trauma system site surveys; project-program development for screening and brief interventions for alcohol in trauma patients; expert panelist for trauma educational events; invited participant in national trauma leadership forums; spokesperson for media events; work group participant for the Model Plan for Trauma Systems; provider of testimony at formal hearings in support of trauma systems funding; and member of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Trauma Stakeholders Committee. Most recently she has traveled all over the country teaching how to implement Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral in trauma centers.
Heidi has mentored many leaders of the STN and remains available by cell phone or e-mail any time she is needed as a sounding board to offer advice, reassurance, and common sense. She is a true leader on the personal, local, state, national, and international level and was very deserving of the STN Leadership Award.
The inaugural course of the Optimal Trauma Center Organization & Management Course was presented in Phoenix. This course was developed by a partnership between the American College of Surgery Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT) and the STN.
This collaborative course is taught by physicians and nurses with the goal of enhancing trauma center systems of care and improving patient care through implementation of the ACSCOT's trauma center standards. The nuances of implementation or improving upon trauma center criteria within the structure of your specific facility were reviewed in an interactive forum.
Whether a verified mature center or a hospital preparing for designation, this course is designed to assist participants to create strategies, processes, and operations to support trauma systems based upon their own unique environments.
The course is designed to assist trauma medical directors, trauma program managers/coordinators, administrators, trauma registrars, state/region personnel, and other disciplines involved in trauma.
The second offering of the “optimal course” will be held in Chicago on October 10, 2009. Go to the STN Web site for registration information.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE—A WORLD OF DISCOVERY
April 7 to 9, 2010
Hilton Orlando, Orlando, FL
The annual conference, sponsored by the STN, is designed for all nurses interested in the area of trauma nursing. The format is didactic with featured speakers, panel presentations, and breakout sessions focusing on areas of special concern and interest to those practicing in a trauma center setting. The global objectives for this conference are that participants will be able to discuss trauma system development, team building, trauma Performance Improvement (PI), societal issues, and advancements in trauma patient care and management.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The STN invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2010 annual conference in Orlando, Florida, from April 7 to 9, 2010. Please visit http://www.traumanurses.org/education/annual-conference/abstract-guidelines.html to read the “Abstract Procedures & Guidelines.” Abstract submissions are now being accepted through November 1, 2009 online at http://www.traumanurses.org/education/annual-conference/abstract-submission.html.
2010 TRAUMA LEADERSHIP AWARD
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Trauma Leadership Award. Individuals in the medical or nonmedical field who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in trauma through practice, research, publication, education, patient advocacy, injury prevention, trauma system development, or legislative involvements during a career at a local, state, or national level are eligible for nomination. Visit http://www.traumanurses.org/news/111-2010-trauma-leadership-award-nominations. html to download the nomination form.
The STN Membership Survey was completed by about 25% (284) of our members. While the data are in the early phases of analysis to determine how the feedback can be used to improve the value of the STN to the members, the following results describe those who responded to the survey.