Trauma training helps nurses give the best care

Thanks to your donations, 19 nurses from Princess Margaret Hospital were given a Foundation grant to participate in a Paediatric Trauma Life Support course in 2016 to enable them to better care for infants and children who have suffered an injury through trauma.

Delivered through The Australian College of Emergency Nursing, the primary aim of the course was to provide nurses with the fundamental knowledge and practical experience necessary to support paediatric trauma patients in their care.

Tragically, trauma is the most common cause of death in children over one year of age. The more skilled nurses are in supporting children with trauma, the better their chances of survival.

In addition to learning about the physiology of trauma and the body’s response to it, nurses participated in patient assessment and management scenarios. This provided them with the opportunity to practically test their knowledge in a safe environment where they could receive feedback on their performance.

Clinical Nurse Manager, Sharon Heiden, explains how the nurses who participated in the training learnt a great deal from it.

“I am so grateful that the Foundation is able to fund opportunities such as this. We all learnt so much during the course and are now better equipped to handle the pressure and intensity of nursing trauma patients.

“The fact that all 19 nurses passed their final assessments, with several receiving ‘excellent’ ratings, is a testament to their passion and commitment to providing the best possible care to children and their families.”

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