Rainy Lake Medical Center emergency room nurses this week participated in a two-day state sponsored Trauma Nursing Core Course.
TNCC is made up of a number of instructional materials and activities designed to teach essential trauma nursing knowledge and skills. The program consists of various modes of instruction, including hands-on psychomotor skill stations and interactive online learning. The framework of TNCC is based on the nursing process, which is emphasized through the program.
Jane Smalley, Trauma Program Manager from St. Luke’s hospital helped coordinate the event along with Kim Rasmussen, RLMC’S Trauma Program Manager/ER Director. In addition to Jane, instructors included Gayle Anderson, MN ENA (Emergency Nurses Association) State Trauma Chair and Mickey Erickson, TNCC Course Director.
“Thank you all for making this event a success,” said Rasmussen. “Special thanks also goes out to Donita Ettestad and the staff at Rainy River Community College for allowing us the use of their nursing classrooms and manikins.”
RLMC is a level 4 trauma center that must adhere to the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System’s criteria and pass tri-annual surveys to maintain this designation. Nurses are required to complete trauma education and renew every four years.