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Professional Education

Sacred Heart Health System is dedicated to educating both the healthcare professionals and residents in our area better prepare and respond to emergency situations. We offer variety of education and outreach programs that focus on varying aspects of trauma care.

Healthcare Professional Education

ATLS:  Advanced Trauma Life Support for Doctors
The ATLS® Program was developed to teach doctors one safe, reliable method for assessing and initially managing the trauma patient. The course teaches an organized approach for evaluation and management of seriously injured patients and offers a foundation of common knowledge for all members of the trauma team. The emphasis is on the critical "first hour" of care, focusing on initial assessment, lifesaving intervention, reevaluation, stabilization, and, when needed, transfer to a trauma center.

Sacred Heart Hospital’s Trauma Services offers the one-day refresher course only.

Pre-Registration is Required for All Participants. To register for this course, please contact Sacred Heart’s Education & Training Services Department at (850) 416-7264.

For more information, please contact:
Leigh Anne Fraser, RN, BSN
Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator
ATLS Coordinator
Office:   (850) 416-6514

TNCC:  Trauma Nursing Core Course
Trauma nursing as a discipline refers to the process and content of all the different roles nurses have in the care of the trauma patient. Knowledge is the core of any discipline. The purpose of TNCC is to present core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing. ENA (Emergency Nurses Association) developed and implemented the TNCC for national and international dissemination as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge. The TNCC (Provider) is a 16 hour course designed to provide the learner with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills.

Intended Audience
The TNCC may be officially attended by registered nurses (RN's). Other healthcare providers may attend the course as observers. In order to maximize success in the TNCC (Provider), it is recommended that the participant have at least six months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. It is assumed that the course participant possesses generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

Pre-Registration is Required for All Participants.To register for this course, please contact Sacred Heart’s Education & Training Services Department at (850) 416-7264.

For more information, please contact:
Vickie Dollhausen, RN, CEN, CP
AHA TC Coordinator; Clinical Educator
ACLS, PALS, ENPC, TNCC Course Director
(850) 416-2474

CATN II:  Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing
Today's trauma nurse must possess the ability to correlate broad physiologic/pathophysiologic processes to specific clinical problems. In advanced trauma nursing, physiologic principles and human responses are applied to injury, enabling the nurse to move beyond the traditional roles and responsibilities of the trauma nurse. The practice of trauma nursing encompasses comprehensive knowledge of trauma care systems, expertise in complex decision making, and knowledge of bioethical considerations in trauma care. Recognizing a need for a course in advanced trauma nursing, the Emergency Nurses Association developed the Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing: A Conceptual Approach. The conceptual approach to trauma care enables the trauma nurse to work in a collaborative role as a member of the trauma team to determine the patient's needs and plan of care. The conceptual approach is used as the framework for teaching CATN as concepts or abstract ideas are the building blocks of a theoretical framework. The CATN concepts correlate broad psychophysiologic and pathophysiologic processes to specific clinical problems and further develop substantive knowledge in trauma nursing. By using a conceptual approach, the course provides the trauma nurse with a mental cataloging system that can be used to quickly retrieve clinical information regarding Priorities of care. This 13-hour course combines didactic content with interactive discussions, presented in a flexible format.

Upon completion of the course the participant should be able to:
• Analyze psychophysiologic concepts as they relate to human responses to injury
• Integrate the psychophysiologic concepts through case studies
• Synthesize the principles of trauma system development, ethical dilemmas, and the application of science to nursing practice with the physiologic concepts to assure a comprehensive approach to the injured patient
• Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced trauma nursing on patient outcomes

The Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing: A Conceptual Approach may be officially attended only by Registered Nurses (RNs). Course participants are expected to be familiar with core anatomy and physiology. A participant manual is provided prior to course attendance. It is also required that course participants attend the Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider (TNCCP) prior to CATN.

Pre-Registration is Required for All Participants. To register for this course, please visit the course website at

For more information, please contact:
Vickie Dollhausen, RN, CEN, CP
AHA TC Coordinator; Clinical Educator
ACLS, PALS, ENPC, TNCC Course Director
Organizational Development and Education
Sacred Heart Hospital
(850) 416-2474

Live Grand Rounds
At Sacred Heart Health System, we have developed a unique form of educational tool for physician and non-physician providers by allowing direct viewing of monthly conferences referred to as GrandRounds. Traditionally, GrandRounds have been used as primary teaching tools for physicians in training, consultant physicians and other health providers interested in taking away those “pearls of wisdom” for self improvement, enhancement of individual practice and to keep updated with the constant evolving metamorphosis of medical practice. Trauma grand rounds are offered monthly on every 3rd Monday. Physician may recieve CME credit for viewing, and nursing and physical therapy CEU credits are also available.
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For more information on trauma services at Sacred Heart Hospital, please call the Trauma Office at (850) 416-7173 or the Trauma Clinic at (850) 416-6159.

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