Trauma Nursing Courses Offered 
Sue Fortier, Joni Alameda, Mike McSpadden,
Kirsten Featherstone, Chris Moffat and Laura Parker. 

Trauma, as many health care providers know, is a major threat to the life and long-term health of individuals in San Luis Obispo and remains the leading cause of death for people under the age of 44 across the United States.  Caring for trauma patients requires a multidisciplinary team approach.  As an integral part of this team, nurses play a critical role in the assessment and management of trauma patients.  Expert nursing care requires a combination of training and education, skill and experience.  

In the planning stages for nearly two years, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is offering a Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC) Provider Class on August 31 and September 1, 2009.  This two-day course, provided by Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Nurses and trauma nurse experts from across the state, is the first in a planned effort to offer TNCC on an ongoing basis to nurses in San Luis Obispo County.

Comprised of both lecture and hands-on skill demonstrations, TNCC is designed to provide core-level knowledge and a standardized approach to nurses caring for victims of trauma.  Developed by the Emergency Nursing Association in 1986, TNCC remains the standard for nurses involved in both the resuscitation and initial care of trauma patients.

Each TNCC instructor was chosen because of his or her background in the care of trauma patients.  The instructors’ expertise is spread across a variety of trauma related topics including triage, resuscitation, burn care, pediatrics, prehospital and transport nursing, disaster preparedness, neuro-trauma and intensive care.    

TNCC helps nurses interested in trauma care build a solid foundation in trauma nursing.  Participants in the course will be provided with 14.4 hours of CEHC.  Registration is open to nurses at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and across San Luis Obispo County and the region.  For more information please e-mail Sue Fortier at or call 546-7823.