Trauma and Neurosurgery

Trauma Services

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)

The ATCN is an advanced course for registered nurses interested in increasing their knowledge in the management of the multiple trauma patient.

The ATCN course enhances technical and critical thinking skills for Registered Nurses in trauma care. It is offered in collaboration with the physician’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course. Clinicians & nurses attend a series of interactive ATLS lectures and then spending the remainder of the course focusing on knowledge and technical skill stations relevant to their work on the trauma team.

The stations include: initial assessment and management, airway and ventilator management, spine and extremity injuries, hemorrhagic shock, pediatric trauma and head trauma. The skills stations are interactive and hands on, focusing on a variety of challenging case scenarios. The practical testing stations allow ATCN students to apply the newly acquired skills on a simulated patient. The advanced training and critical thinking processes that the nurses learn enhance their ability to make an even bigger impact in caring for trauma patients.

The two day course is endorsed by the Society of Trauma Nurses.

Each course is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

Additional information and registration form (378 kb pdf file)

For more information, please contact us at WilliamAd@smh.ca or via telephone at: 416-864-5916.