Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) developed the Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) course as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge. The TNCC (provider) course is a 16-hour course designed to provide the learner with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills for caring for trauma patients. TNCC may be officially be attended by registered nurses. Other health care providers may attend the class as observers. In order to maximize success in the TNCC course, it is recommended that the participant have at least 6 months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency setting. It is assumed that a course participant possesses generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.
TNCC (Provider) Course Content
- The Trauma Nursing Core Course and Trauma Nursing
- Epidemiology, Biomechanics and Mechanisms of Injury
- Initial Assessment
- Airway and Ventilation
- Brain and Cranial Trauma
- Ocular, Maxillofacial, and Neck Trauma
- Thoracic Trauma
- Abdominal Trauma
- Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
- Musculoskeletal Trauma
- Surface and Burn Trauma
- Special Populations: Pregnant, Pediatric, and Older Adult Trauma Patients
- Disaster Management
- Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma Care
- Transition of Care for the Trauma Patient
- Demonstration of the Trauma Nursing Process Station
- Trauma Nursing Process Teaching Stations
- Airway and Ventilation Interventions Teaching Stations
- Spinal Protection, Helmet Removal, and Splinting
- Physical Assessment Station (International; optional for U.S.)
Successful completion of the course includes scoring 80% or greater on the multiple choice examination and demonstrating all critical steps and 70% of the total points in the evaluated skill station – the Trauma Nursing Process.
Verification will be issued from ENA upon successful completion of the evaluated psychomotor skill station and the multiple choice examination. Expiration of verification will occur four years from the last day of the month in which the card was issued. ENA does not offer certification on any level as related to completion of this course.
Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours
Contact hours are awarded based on hours attended, regardless of performance during evaluation.
The cost for out-of-house participants is $185 to cover the cost of the indirect fee to the ENA, the book, shipping and Dayton Children’s costs.
2011 course offerings
- April 1 and 4
- April 29 (recertification only)
- July 14 and 15
- October 10 and 11
Lisa Schwing, Trauma Nurse Coordinator
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