Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses® (ATCN®)
ATCN® Course for Nurses
The ATCN® Course teaches well-established treatment methods and approaches trauma care in a systematic manner, presenting to the nurse a concise method of establishing assessment and management priorities in the care of the trauma patient.
The program taught by ATLS® physician instructors includes lectures on initial assessment, airway management, abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma, shock, head and spinal cord trauma, burns, extremity trauma, pediatric trauma, trauma in pregnancy, and stabilization and transportation. Nursing practical skills stations and moulage assessment stations are conducted by ATCN® instructors (Registered Nurses) for integration and application of didactic information.
*Modified ATLS materials via permission of National ACS/ATLS.®
ATCN® is overseen by the Society of Trauma Nurses. This course targets the experienced nurse practicing in the following areas: Pre-hospital and Aeromedical, Emergency Department, Surgical Intensive Care Units, and the Operating Room.
The ATCN® Course is taught concurrently with approved Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Courses. Benefits of the ATCN® Course include an educational, collaborative, synchronized team approach to trauma care with the participants of the simultaneous ATLS® Course. Doctors and nurses caring for trauma patients have the opportunity to share a common language and approach to trauma care.
The ATCN® skills stations are based on an interactive, “hands-on,” scenario-based approach. The ATLS® student manual accompanies the ATLS® lectures, and the ATCN® student manual accompanies the ATCN® skills stations.
The ATCN® Committee maintains oversight for the ATCN® program.
The ATCN®/ATLS® Course provides the participant with basic knowledge necessary to:
• Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
• Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
• Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capabilities
• Arrange appropriately for the patient’s definitive care
• Ensure that optimum care is provided
Student and Instructor Courses
Medical core content is taught interactively in the Student Course. Student Course participants, identified as having instructor potential, may advance to the Instructor Course, which focuses on how to teach the ATCN® Student Course.
Continuing Education Credits
The Society of Trauma Nurses is a licensed continuing education provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing provider No. CEP 11062. This course has been approved for 19.0 credit hours.
ATCN® Provider Course Schedule
- Initial Assessment & Management Demonstration*
- Airway and Ventilatory Management*
- Thoracic Trauma*
- Abdominal Trauma*
- Head Trauma*
- Spinal Trauma*
- Musculoskeletal Trauma*
- Rotation in Practical Skills Stations: Airway, Hemorrhagic Shock and Initial Assessment
- Burn and Cold Injury
- Pediatric Trauma & Trauma in Women*
- Transfer to Definitive Care*
- Rotation in Practical Skills Stations: Pediatrics, Neurotrauma, Immobilization
- Testing (written and practical)
* Lectures by ATLS® faculty.
Practical skills stations & testing by ATCN® faculty.
Our ATCN Cancellation / Refund policy: A $125.00 non-refundable processing fee is included in the course tuition. Written cancellation requests received 30 days prior to the course start date are eligible for a $125.00 refund. Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the course, or failure to attend the course will result in forfeiture of the entire course tuition.
If you should decide to register for an ATCN course, you will be required to acknowledge that you have read, understand and accept the Drexel's ATCN cancellation / refund policy.