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The CENA Trauma Nursing Program (TNP)

The CENA Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP) is an important initiative in trauma education for nurses in Australia. Australasian in context, this program provides instruction on the principles of trauma care, the opportunity to explore skills relevant to the trauma setting and seeks to develop the ability of Australian nurses to deliver trauma care in a variety of settings.

Emergency Nursing Program

The Emergency Program is a two day program developed for nurses providing emergency care to trauma patients across the lifespan, in both metropolitan and regional/rural settings. The program structure aims to build upon your theoretical knowledge and practice in Emergency Nursing and develop a greater understanding of pathophysiology, assessment and management of trauma patients and related clinical skills. This program is suitable for all nurses, with a variety of experience and knowledge, providing trauma care.

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History of CENA Trauma Nursing Program (TNP)

The Trauma Nursing Program began in 2002 as a unique collaboration between the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN Vic) and the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA Vic). Together they created the Victorian Clinical Nursing Consortium (VCNC) in order to combine and apply their extensive experience, knowledge and resources to the continued professional development of nurses, by improving the provision of nation-wide trauma care. This followed a recommendation by the Review of Trauma and Emergency Services – Victoria (ROTES) in 1999 that a single, standard, training course which could be integrated with other existing training courses, be introduced for all Victorian nurses involved in trauma care. With funding from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Victoria, through the Victorian Trauma Foundation (VTF), the VCNC developed a standardised program in trauma care for nurses, as an initiative from the recommendations of the ROTES report.

In 2005, after successful implementation in Victoria, there was a decision to extend the program outside of Victoria. From 2007, this program became more widely available across Australasia.

By mutual agreement between ACCCN and CENA, as from the 1st April 2010, the Trauma Nursing Program will be managed by CENA under the name ‘CENA Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP)’. The CENA TNP currently offers one module: Emergency (initial resuscitation) Nursing.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the significance and impact of major trauma as a public health problem;
  • Describe the organisational approach to the management of major trauma;
  • Describe the common physiological and psychological consequences of major trauma on specialty populations; including paediatric, geriatric and pregnant patients;
  • Implement a structured clinical approach to the assessment and management of patients with major trauma;
  • Understand the importance of working with colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Identify specific clinical skills relating to the management of the patient with major trauma; and
  • Discuss the application of performance improvement principles to the evaluation of trauma care.

Registration Fee – $660 CENA members | $760 non-members

Program Structure

  • The program consists of facilitated lecture discussion, practical hands-on workshops, skill stations and simulation scenarios.
  • Facilitators are experienced emergency and trauma nurses from around Australia, who use interactive teaching and case based discussion to deliver theory and practical sessions.
  • An optional assessment is delivered at the conclusion of the program.
  • Following completion of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion and be awarded continuing professional development points.

Course Inclusion

  • One copy of Emergency and Trauma Care (2nd ed) – For Nurses and Paramedics by K. Curtis and C. Ramsden.
  • CENA TNP Emergency Care Trauma Nursing Manual. Detailing essential pathophysiology, assessment and management of common trauma conditions.
  • CENA TNP Emergency Care Pre-Workshop booklet.

Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics.

Course registration includes ONE electronic copy of the second edition of Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics. (If participants prefer, they may instead purchase ONE hard copy of the text at additional cost).  This text provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of clinical procedures and issues encountered in contemporary emergency care in Australia and New Zealand.

Written by leading academics and clinicians, this fully revised and updated edition follows the patient’s journey from pre-hospital retrieval to definitive care. With a strong focus on multidisciplinary care, this evidence-based emergency and trauma resource will appeal to pre-hospital care providers, rural, remote and urban emergency nurses and allied health professionals, as well as disaster management and interfacility transport staff.

  • Essential concepts are covered in a logical order, commencing with:
  • An introduction to emergency professions and professional issues
  • Clinical and health systems
  • Patient presentations ordered by body system as well as toxicology, envenomation, ocular, environmental emergencies and unique population groups
  • Major trauma assessment and management and end-of-life care information and considerations.

Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics 2e continues to be the pre-eminent resource for students preparing to enter the emergency environment and for clinicians seeking a greater understanding of multidisciplinary care from retrieval through to rehabilitation.

Key Features

  • A cultural safety approach is included throughout – addressing cultural diversity, beliefs and values and focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and Mãori health
  • Essentials outline the main points addressed in each chapter
  • Practice tips throughout assist with communication skills, procedures and assessment
  • Case studies are supported by questions and answers to encourage active learning
  • New online resources available on Evolve, including over 30 new case studies with paramedic-specific questions.

New to this Edition