Title

Transitioning the Complex Trauma Patient From the ICU: Acute Care Nurses' Perceptions of Readiness

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-30-2015

Abstract

Trauma centers improve patient outcomes through the provision of expert care by trauma surgeons and nurses. While the American College of Surgeons stipulates that trauma centers must have qualified nurses, there is no clear definition of qualified, nor is there a recommendation for trauma nurse readiness beyond the emergency department or intensive care. In a newly designated level II trauma center, it was recognized that nurses were unprepared to provide care to complex trauma patients. This study explored nurses' perceptions of their knowledge, skills and confidence in complex trauma care utilizing a novel transitional care model.

Journal

Journal of Trauma Nursing

Journal ISSN

1932-3883

Issue

2

First Page

56

Last Page

62

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1097/JTN.0000000000000108