Establishing Assessment and Management Priorities
From the Society of Trauma Nurses
ATCN® Course for Nurses
The ATCN® Course teaches well-established treatment methods and approaches trauma care in a systematic manner, presenting to the nurse a concise method of establishing assessment and management priorities in the care of the trauma patient.
The program taught by ATLS® physician instructors includes lectures on initial assessment, airway management, abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma, shock, head and spinal cord trauma, burns, extremity trauma, pediatric trauma, trauma in pregnancy, and stabilization and transportation. Nursing practical skills stations and moulage assessment stations
are conducted by ATCN® instructors for integration and application of didactic information.
*Modified ATLS materials via permission of National ACS/ATLS.®
ATCN® is overseen by the Society of Trauma Nurses. This course targets the experienced nurse practicing in the following areas: Pre-hospital and Aeromedical, Emergency Department, Surgical Intensive Care Units, and the Operating Room.
The ATCN® Course is taught concurrently with approved Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Courses. Benefits of the ATCN® Course include an educational, collaborative, synchronized team approach to trauma care with the participants of the simultaneous ATLS® Course. Doctors and nurses caring for trauma patients have the opportunity to share a common language and approach to trauma care.
The ATCN® skills stations are based on an interactive, “hands-on,” scenario-based approach. The ATLS® student manual accompanies the ATLS® lectures, and the ATCN® student manual accompanies the ATCN® skills stations.
The ATCN® Committee maintains oversight for the ATCN® program.
The ATCN®/ATLS® Course provides the participant with basic knowledge necessary to:
• Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
• Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
• Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capabilities
• Arrange appropriately for the patient’s definitive care
• Ensure that optimum care is provided
Student and Instructor Courses
Medical core content is taught interactively in the Student Course. Student Course participants, identified as having instructor potential, may advance to the Instructor Course, which focuses on how to teach the ATCN® Student Course.
Continuing Education Credits
The Society of Trauma Nurses is a licensed continuing education provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing provider No. CEP 11062. This course has been approved for 19.0 credit hours.
ATCN® Provider Course Schedule
• Initial Assessment & Management*
• Airway and Ventilatory Management*
• Thoracic Trauma*
• Abdominal Trauma*
• Rotation in Practical Skills Stations: Airway,
Hemorrhagic Shock and Initial Assessment
• Head Trauma*
• Spinal Trauma*
• Musculoskeletal Trauma*
• Secondary Survey Demonstration*
• Rotation in Practical Skills Stations:*
Pediatrics, Neurotrauma, Immobilization
• Burn and Cold Injury*
• Pediatric Trauma & Trauma in Women*
• Transfer to Definitive Care*
* Lectures by ATLS® faculty.
Practical skills stations & testing by ATCN® faculty.
For more information, course schedules
and registration forms at:
Phone: 609-441-2165• Fax: 609-441-8178
ARMC’s Trauma Center is the region’s only state-designated Level II Trauma Center and the busiest Level II Trauma Center in New Jersey. ARMC Trauma Center’s ATCN® program is the first ATCN® program offered in New Jersey. There are currently only four other designated facilities in the Northeast that offer the Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses® Course: Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center and Cooper University Medical Center.
The Society of Trauma Nurses Board of Directors has approved this definition of Trauma Nursing: “Trauma nurses are licensed professional nurses who work to ensure that all injured patients and their families are provided complete physical and emotional care. They have additional knowledge and expertise in the complex care required of the traumatically injured patient. Trauma nurses practice in all care delivery settings where injured patients are treated. This includes the pre-hospital setting, emergency department, the perioperative arena, intensive care units, surgical floors, rehabilitation and outpatient services. They include bedside clinicians, educators, prevention specialists, researchers, administrators, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.”
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The information contained on this page was provided
by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, the
Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network,
and the Society of Trauma Nurses.