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October 2016

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Submit Your TraumaCon Conference Abstracts!

The STN Conference Committee invites you to submit Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Share Your Best abstracts for the 2017 Annual Conference, TraumaCon, April 5-8, in St. Louis, Missouri!

The deadline for submissions is today, Monday, October 31, 2016.

Review the Call for Abstracts Guidelines.

For more information about the Call for Abstracts and the conference, contact Brian Doty.

November Webinar: Heroes are Human Too: Exploring Depression, PTSD, and Suicide among our Health Care Responders

STN's next online, educational webinar will take place on Monday, November 28 at 12 p.m. EST. The title of the webinar is Heroes are Human Too: Exploring Depression, PTSD, and Suicide among our Health Care Responders, presented by Natasha Lukasiewich, RN, HHP, CCRN-K, CEN, CFRN, EMS-RN, LNC. At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:
  • Define depression, ASD, PTSD and suicide.
  • Recognize signs of suicide contemplation.
  • Discuss methods to reduce the stigma of mental health disorders.
  • Discuss the alarming statistics attesting to the ill health of our healthcare providers.
  • Describe the four steps used to help a distressed health care responder.
  • Identify the ethical and legal implications of mental health disorders when it comes to caring for our patients.
Continuing Education

The Society of Trauma Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This program has been awarded 1.0 hour of continuing nursing education. Continuing nursing education will only be offered for STN members.

To register, click here.

2017 EAST Community Outreach Program

Please join EAST on January 10, 2017 for the 2017 EAST Community Outreach Program held in conjunction with the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly. The 2017 program will focus on Public Access Hemorrhage Control and Training for Non-Medical Personnel. Click here for more details on the 2017 program and to volunteer to assist with the training.

Please contact Dr. Eastman or Christine Eme CAE, CMP if you have any questions. Dr. Eastman and Christine Eme will coordinate a conference call in the coming weeks to discuss volunteer responsibilities and program coordination.

In addition, EAST will be hosting a special screening of the documentary “Newtown” that covers the mass shooting of schoolchildren on December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Click here to watch the trailer (scroll to the bottom of the page for the action button to run the trailer). The screening will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 8:30 pm-10:00 pm (time subject to change) at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.  

Thank you in advance for being part of this important component of the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly activities. It truly has become a premiere element of the “EAST Annual Scientific Assembly Week.”

Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities Available for TraumaCon

The Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus for STN's 2017 Conference, TraumaCon, is now available!  Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with individuals who serve in leadership roles and have purchasing power within the health system. The society is expecting over 500 trauma nurses and nursing professionals this year. Your target audience will be in St. Louis and so should you!

Click here to download the 2017 TraumaCon Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus. 

If you have any questions, please email Wendy Payne.

Journal of Trauma Nursing is Seeking Editorial Board Applicants

The Journal of Trauma Nursing (JTN) is seeking applicants for positions on the Editorial Board to serve a two year term beginning April 2017. Editorial Board members and Reviewers’ contributions to the peer-review process is critical to the success and reputation of our journal. Our editorial board members, reviewers and editor decide what articles meet our quality standards and make contributions to scholarly knowledge.

Editorial Board Members Report to the Editor of JTN and the positions are matrixed to the STN Board of Directors (BOD) and the designated JTN Liaison to the Board. At least 75% of the Editorial Board are to be members in good standing of STN.
The Term of Service for an Editorial Board Member is 2 years. Membership on the JTN editorial board is rotating, with new members added biannually as appropriate to enable qualified individuals to participate. At the conclusion of your term, a board member may be invited by the Selection Committee to renew his/her term. Renewal can occur 3 times (up to a total not to exceed 8 years) based on the following criteria: The board member has fulfilled all the responsibilities of board membership during his/her two year tenure and the board member indicated a willingness to renew board membership for an additional two years. During their term of service, editorial board members are listed in each issue of the journal.
The role expectations of the editorial board members include: 
  • Review a minimum of 4 manuscripts per year. The reviews should promote high standards for JTN by offering constructive suggestions and feedback. The reviews must also be submitted within the JTN timelines.
  • Assist in locating and encouraging prospective authors to submit manuscripts (at least one manuscript submission per year) or make other significant contributions to the journal.
  • Editorial Board members are encouraged to submit manuscripts of their own.
  • Provide feedback or recommendations for change as needed with the goal of improving JTN.
  • The Editorial Board will meet 3 times a year. This will include one in person meeting at the Annual Conference and 2 conference calls. Board members must participate in at least one of these meetings every year. 
  • Promote JTN as a vehicle for publication to nursing and medical colleagues.
  • Promote JTN as an expert reference source to nursing, medical, healthcare and lay community members.
  • Advise the editor and publisher on marketing opportunities and ideas for special editions or editorial projects.
  • Participate in the development and periodic review of JTN editorial policies as needed.  
We are currently in the process of appointing members to a term that will commence April of 2017 and end in March of 2019. If you are interested in submitting your name for appointment please review the following inclusion criteria:
  • JTN Board Members must be either a registered nurse or physician with experience in the field of trauma nursing or trauma medicine/surgery.
  • Experience as an Editorial Board member, reviewer, and/or author with a record of professional publication is preferred.
  • Must be able to articulate the vision for JTN with a proactive approach to solicitation of articles. 
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with the Editor, JTN Online Co-editors, STN Board Liaison utilizing publishing standards to ensure goals of JTN coupled with alliance to the STN strategic plan.
  • Must be able to fulfill the responsibilities of the board on a volunteer basis for a term of two years including the completion of brief education modules regarding reviewing and critiquing manuscripts and completion of review forms/documents provided by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (LWW). 
If you meet the requirements of this role and are willing to make this commitment to the Journal and STN - submit your name and CV to the Editor of the Journal of Trauma Nursing via email by November 15, 2016.  Please contact the Editor if you have any questions regarding this information and process. 
Kathryn Schroeter, PhD, RN, CNE, CNOR
Editor – Journal of Trauma Nursing

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The STN TOPIC course is taught to all members of the trauma system team who participate in the ongoing assessment, evaluation and improvement of trauma care. The Society of Trauma Nurses has developed the "Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course" in response to the need for education and better understanding of the Performance Improvement process in trauma care. TOPIC focuses on the ongoing assessment of the continuum of trauma care with a structured review of process and discussions of strategies to monitor trauma patient outcomes.

Click here for more information and upcoming courses.

Optimal Trauma Center Organization and Management Course

This course is taught by physicians and nurses with the goal of enhancing a trauma center system of care and improving patient care. Whether a verified mature trauma center or a hospital preparing for designation, this course is designed to assist participants to create strategies, processes, and operations to support trauma center systems based upon their own environments. The course is highly recommended for trauma medical directors, trauma program managers / coordinators, and administrators.

Click here for more information and upcoming courses.

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient. The ATCN course is taught concurrently with ATLS. The ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering a superb trauma educational program, and maintaining a positive collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma State Chapters. The ATCN program is currently being offered in numerous states as well as internationally. The ATCN Committee is continually responding to requests from other regions, states, and countries to start this program in their areas. There is a 6-month planning process for all inaugural courses.

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Welcome to our new members! We are thrilled that you have joined our organization and hope that you enjoy all that STN has to offer. Click here to view all of your member benefits!

For a complete list of new members,
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