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Trauma Nursing

  • : Townsville QLD 4810


Primary Survey; Secondary Assessment, Spinal Precautions, Head Trauma, Abdominal Injury, Thoracic Trauma, Burns and Thermal Injuries and much, much more...



The ability of nurses and other health professionals to safely work in fast paced, often stressful trauma settings such as an Emergency Department or community areas that require triage is reliant on a sound knowledge base that can adapt to any situation. Highly developed assessment skills and a grasp of a wide range of potential trauma presentations will ensure you are prepared anything. Attend this seminar to:

  • Improve your primary and secondary assessment skills
  • Review different types of shock and management principles
  • Understand how to safely care for a patient with a spinal trauma
  • Gain an evidence-based update on the modern management of head, thoracic, pelvic, abdominal and musculoskeletal trauma
  • Find out what special considerations exist when pregnant women, the elderly and children present with trauma

Gain knowledge and apply it to your practice immediately. Book now!


Need for Program

Nurses across many varied settings, such as emergency departments, intensive care units, local community practices and rural or remote areas, are often the frontline carers of people experiencing physical trauma.
Correctly assessing a person experiencing a traumatic injury followed by appropriate interventions and management enables the nurse to deliver patient care that improves health outcomes.
This seminar provides an evidence-based update that will assist nurses to close knowledge and skill gaps relating to the management of a patient experiencing a physical injury. It is relevant to nurses who either regularly or only occasionally require the knowledge and skills to care safely for patients experiencing physical trauma.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is offer nurses who may work across a range of healthcare settings of varying acuity an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills when caring for a person experiencing a traumatic injury.
After gaining this information, the learner will be able to appropriately translate underpinning principles of modern trauma management to the evidence-based nursing management of trauma presentations, improving health outcomes for patients.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Describe modern trauma and emergency nursing practice in Australia, with the various nursing roles and environments that exist
  • Apply the pathophysiology and ‘mechanism of injury’ of a range of common traumatic injury presentations to their relevant evidence-based nursing management
  • Develop and extend skills in primary and secondary survey in relation to a wide range of scenarios
  • Develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills that immediately translate into improved health outcomes for patients experiencing a traumatic injury
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Trauma and Emergency in Australia: Setting the Scene

    This first session sets the scene for modern trauma management in an Australian context:

    • Special considerations to take into account when nursing in rural versus metropolitan settings
    • Defining the pre-hospital role and understanding the significance of the 'mechanism of injury'
    • How to prepare to receive a trauma patient
    • Reviewing the nurse's role in trauma care
    • A look at the multidisciplinary team and the different roles within it.

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    The Primary Survey: 'Going around the Block'

    Performing a rapid, systematic, thorough and accurate primary survey is challenging. This session will explore the primary assessment and frameworks used to assist nurses in trauma and emergency scenarios, including:

    • 'Going around the Block'
    • Danger
    • Response
    • Airway and C-spine control
    • Breathing and oxygenation
    • Circulation and haemorrhage control
    • Deficits and disability management
    • Environment/exposure.

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Secondary Assessment

    Secondary assessment occurs once stabilisation and resuscitation have occurred as required. This session will cover:

    • Head to toe examination
    • History
    • Toys and gadgets
    • Documentation.

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Shock and Shock Syndromes: Care and Management

    Shock is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. This session will explain the different types of shock and give an overview of the management of shock, including haemorrhagic shock, the maintenance of adequate cellular oxygenation and case scenarios.


    Spinal Trauma: When to Apply the Collar

    This session looks at the issue of spinal preservation during traumatic events and the minimisation of neurological damage. It will give an overview of current treatment of spinal trauma and includes the following topics:

    • General guidelines for the initial assessment and nursing management of spinal injury
    • Pathophysiology as the basis of patient assessment findings
    • Spinal shock versus neurogenic shock.

    5:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Head Trauma and Raised Intracranial Pressure

    Head trauma is the leading cause of death in trauma patients. Rapid assessment and management of a patient with head trauma remains the mainstay of prompt and effective treatment. This session will look at:

    • What changes occur in vital signs?
    • Glasgow Coma Scale and relevant documentation
    • The nurse's role in prevention of secondary head injury
    • Intracranial pressure changes.


    Thoracic Trauma

    Maintenance of life relies on organs located in the thoracic cavity. Trauma to this region can be life-threatening; understanding the types of injury that can occur here, along with appropriate and timely management, can be life-saving. This session reviews chest trauma and looks at management priorities. Topics include:

    • Assessing and identifying traumatic chest injuries
    • Priorities in pneumo-haemothorax management
    • How to understand and plan effective pain management strategies for chest injuries.

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Pelvic and Abdominal Trauma

    Pelvic and abdominal trauma can lead to disability and be life-threatening. These presentations are often complex, involving bone and soft tissue injuries to the pelvis and damage to the organs that are encased within. Causes include road traffic injuries, assault, falls and crush injuries. This session will examine the significance of abdominal trauma and the role of the nurse, including:

    • Main classifications of pelvic injuries
    • Assessing a person with a suspected pelvic injury
    • Emergency management procedures for suspected pelvic injury.


    Musculoskeletal Trauma

    This session provides an exploration of the nurse's role regarding extremity trauma, looking at:

    • Assessment and diagnosis in musculoskeletal trauma
    • Special considerations relating to the management of complex fractures
    • How age affects the patterns and severity of musculoskeletal injuries.

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Burns and Extreme Thermal Injuries

    Burns can result from a number of environmental causes, such as flames, electricity and chemicals. Hypothermia is also a potentially fatal condition. This session looks at the priorities of care for environmental thermal injuries and includes:

    • Assessment of burn injuries, including burn depth and area
    • Initial management of a thermal injury, including specifics of fluid resuscitation
    • Special considerations in the management of the burns patient
    • Management of patients with hypothermia.


    Trauma in the Elderly

    Elderly patients who present with trauma require special consideration in a number of areas. This session will examine:

    • Identification of the implications of chronic illness and its management in trauma
    • Pathophysiology as the basis of elder response to trauma
    • How to identify trauma caused by elder abuse and report elder abuse.

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Paediatric Trauma

    A brief look at some of the special considerations that nurses need to be aware of when managing children who have sustained trauma, including:

    • Assessing the paediatric patient
    • Key considerations in trauma management of an injured child
    • Life-support considerations.


    Pregnant Women and Trauma

    The changes in a woman's physiology during pregnancy present special challenges to the trauma clinician. This session will explore the importance of understanding these changes in order to effectively treat the pregnant woman, and will cover:

    • Assessment in pregnancy
    • The impact of the growing uterus and aorto-caval compression (supine hypotensive syndrome) on trauma care
    • Domestic violence
    • Medication management in pregnancy.


    Putting it All Together

    This final session will be presented as interactive case studies designed to encourage participants to explore and apply current trauma management principles introduced over the last two days. Participants will be able to contribute to the nursing care of multi-trauma patients in two case studies covering adult and paediatric examples.

    5:00pm - Close of Seminar an

Trauma Nursing
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Townsville QLD 4810
Mercure Townsville, 166 Woolcock Street
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