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High Stakes Challenges in Trauma Care: The 15th Annual Society of Trauma Nurses' Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada; April 3–5, 2013

Case, Melinda RN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e318287b5e5

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Sunrise Children's Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Correspondence: Melinda Case, RN, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Sunrise Children's Hospital, 3196 South Maryland Pkwy, Ste 101, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (

A major emphasis will be placed on societal violence at this year's conference. The tragic events in the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, this past December, bring this message home in the most horrifying manner. How can we as trauma nurses impact this trend, and how do we help our patients and their families deal with these devastating events? In the coming weeks and months, we as a nation, and in our trauma communities, will address this issue in many arenas, with varying views on mental health, gun control, and workplace safety. Join us at the annual conference as we address this challenging topic.

The preconference programs on April 3 include an unprecedented 4 different programs. Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement, always a popular full-day event, will include the most up-to-date information to assist both new and mature trauma programs in evaluating the trauma patient safety care concerns. The Optimal Trauma Center Organization and Management course is another full-day course that will enhance your hospital's trauma program whether you are a verified trauma center or one that is considering verification status.

Three additional courses, each a half-day program, focus on particular areas of care, rural trauma care, with experts discussing the particular challenges associated with trauma in rural regions. In the Advanced Practice Nurse course, the topics will include how to take research from publication to the patient. Last but certainly not least is a topic on the special population of pediatrics, again with an emphasis on violence and prevention of this terrible trend.

The members of STN have asked for topics that cross the continuum of care in trauma, and we have accomplished this with sessions from prevention, resuscitation, disaster preparedness, military trends in trauma care, to evidence-based protocols and guidelines. The venue in Las Vegas brings us back to our roots; our first several conferences preceded the nationally recognized Trauma Critical Care Conference held annually in Las Vegas every spring. As a resident of the “host” city, I can personally recommend every Cirque de Soleil show on the Strip! In the Western version of the “City That Never Sleeps,” the action never stops, and with the variety of entertainment both indoors and outdoors, everyone can find something that meets their particular brand of fun and relaxation.

Dr Dorrie Fontaine, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia Medical Center, is our Distinguished Lectureship Award winner this year. Her contribution to trauma nursing and her focus in promoting a healthy workplace environment and professional collaborations in nursing are well documented in the health care community. Please join us at the awards luncheon on Friday, April 3.

As 2013 begins, we at STN wish all of our members a Happy and Healthy New Year. We want to celebrate our successes in our professional worlds and learn more from our readers in how those successes came about. Please read more about submitting an article for publication in your current journal or on the Web; the address is listed later.

Remember to visit the STN Web site ( and mark your calendars for the 16th Annual STN conference in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada; April 3–5, 2013. “High Stakes Challenges in Trauma Care.” The Society of Trauma Nurses Annual Conference returns to its roots for the first time in several years. Las Vegas is the home of my trauma center, so I hope to see you all here in 2013 for a wonderful opportunity to learn, network, and spend some time shopping, site seeing, and if you are feeling lucky; place a bet or 2! We look forward to seeing you all in 2013.

© 2013 Society of Trauma Nurses