Trauma Nursing Program at Bowen Hospital

Rural staff along with QAS and Glencore took part in Trauma Nursing Program at Bowen Hospital recently.

The course was sponsored by Glencore (value of $760 per participant) and delivered by College of Emergency Nursing Australia (CENA) as part of the Glencore Rural Trauma enhancement project. Participants included staff from Bowen, Proserpine and Collinsville hospitals, QAS staff and Health & Safety Coordinator and emergency responder at Collinsville Coal (Glencore).

Some of the feedback from the day, “This type of learning opportunity is very important to rural facilities … please continue to develop this program for future nurses” – Bowen Hospital nurse.

“I was lucky as a Paramedic to attend this course and find out more what happens in the ED after we leave. Massive traumas and cardiac arrests we bring into the ED we tend to stay and help for a period after we arrive due to staff levels. But we don’t get to do things that nursing staff can do under directive such as chest drains, give certain drugs, take bloods or even know what bloodwork is required to be taken. This extra knowledge is great to have as we could help them simply set up should they be short of hands in a large trauma situation. It was also wonderful to refresh my knowledge with trauma and learn more about things to look at in say a CT or MRI in head injuries. Hopefully more paramedics in our area are able to attend another course in the near future to expand and refresh their knowledge. ” – QAS paramedic.

Rachel Cross, National Lead for the CENA Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP) said “The course was fantastic. The Bowen hosts were so accommodating and made us feel really welcome which we are grateful for. We received overwhelming positive feedback about the course from the participants as well. Thank you for this opportunity for CENA TNP to be involved in teaching; both myself and Katie East (my colleague and facilitator) had a fantastic time.”

There is another Trauma Nursing Program course scheduled in Moranbah, so if you are a rural nurse working in the acute setting at Moranbah, Dysart or Clermont Hospitals please confirm PDL with your line manager and then register with Clinical Educator Sherree Charles asap as registrations are due by Friday September 21 2018, the flyer can be viewed here CENA TNP Flyer(PDF, 430KB).


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