PhD RN TCRN FAEN
CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER & LEAD NURSE PLANNER
Dr. Criddle's passions are emergency, trauma, neuro, transport, and critical care. She is a nationally registered paramedic and has been board certified in emergency nursing (adult and pediatric), trauma nursing, orthopedic nursing, medical-surgical nursing, gerontological nursing, critical care (adult and pediatric), neuroscience nursing, stroke nursing, flight nursing, and nursing professional development. Laura holds advanced practice certifications as an adult acute care clinical nurse specialist and as a critical care clinical nurse specialist.
Dr. Criddle has been a clinical nurse specialist since 1990, practicing as an emergency, trauma, flight, or neuroscience CNS at 6 health care organizations across the country. Throughout her career, Laura has cared for neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations and has published over 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters covering a wide range of topics. She has been an editorial board member for the Journal of Trauma Nursing, the Journal of Emergency Nursing, the Advanced Journal of Emergency Nursing. Dr. Criddle is a fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing and former chair of the Academy. Laura has held academic appointments at 4 universities and colleges and is the co-founder of TCAR Education Programs where she currently serves as a faculty member, clinical nurse specialist, and chief clinical officer. She has an extensive history of speaking to health care audiences across the U.S. and in several countries around the world.
MSN RN TCRN FAEN
DIRECTOR, TCAR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Born and raised in Northern California, Cheryl Wraa graduated from the Kaiser School of Nursing in Oakland, California in 1975. Cheryl later received BSN and MSN degrees from California State University, Sacramento. The majority of Cheryl's career has been in intensive care, emergency, flight nursing, and trauma care. Ms. Wraa spent 6 years as the Trauma Program Manager for the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, an ACS level 1 Adult and level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that serves a large geographical area. Cheryl also worked for several years as clinical faculty for the School of Nursing at California State University, Sacramento and is coauthor of the widely read Prentice Hall textbook, Medical Surgical Nursing: Preparation for Practice. In her spare time Cheryl volunteers as an educator for Resurge International and works as an associate editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Ms. Wraa has long been an ATLS coordinator, an ATCN instructor, and a site surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services.
Cheryl is a board certified trauma nurse and a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nurses and has served on local and national professional boards. She has been president of the National Flight Nurses Association, a Resurge International nursing committee member, and was president of the Trauma Managers Association of California. In addition, Cheryl brings to TCAR Programs extensive experience with conference and educational planning, consulting, and presenting to audiences across the country. TCAR Programs is thrilled to have Ms. Wraa on our faculty as TCAR director, a role to which she brings her passion for both education and trauma nursing.
MSN RN PCNS-BC CCRN TCRN
Jennifer Fritzeen brings 20+ years of pediatric experience to TCAR Education Programs. Ms. Fritzeen earned her master's degree in nursing as a pediatric clinical nurse special from Indiana University with a focus on pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care, & pediatric burn medicine. Jennifer is a board certified trauma nurse and pediatric clinical nurse specialist. Since 2009, she has been the trauma and burn program manager at the prestigious Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
In addition to teaching multidisciplinary trauma communication courses, Ms. Fritzeen has served in faculty positions for the schools of nursing at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Jennifer has authored and coauthored numerous professional publications and is a popular lecturer at pediatric conferences throughout the United States.
DNP MSHA RN TCRN
Melissa A. Harte brings to TCAR Education Programs over 30 years’ experience in trauma nursing, in a wide range of areas including adult and pediatric critical care, and emergency care. Dr. Harte has served in level 1 and community trauma centers from Boston to Phoenix. Besides her bedside care practice, Melissa has held healthcare leadership positions as Director of Trauma & Child Protection Program, Emergency Services Director, and Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Dr. Harte is a board certified trauma nurse, a popular speaker and consultant, and has published several book chapters and journal articles. She is Past-President (2012-2013) of the Society of Trauma Nurses and has extensive presentation experience. In addition to teaching both the TCAR and PCAR courses, Melissa is a TNCC, ENPC, and ATCN instructor. She is also lead facilitator for the Society of Trauma Nurses TCRN preparation course, taught throughout the U.S.
MSN CPNP-AC CPNP-PC TCRN
Chris McKenna has spent her entire 35 years+ nursing career caring for pediatric trauma patients. She graduated with her BSN from Indiana University and obtained her initial experience on the pediatric surgery/trauma unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Chris then obtained her Master of Science in acute care pediatric nursing from Boston College, and worked as the pediatric trauma coordinator in three hospitals with combined adult and pediatric trauma programs. Chris graduated from the pediatric nurse practitioner program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and is a board certified pediatric primary and acute care nurse practitioner. She was the first nurse practitioner hired by the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and worked for the trauma program there beginning in 2002, first as a nurse practitioner, then as a trauma coordinator, and finally as the trauma program manager since 2006. Since 2017 Chris has worked as a nurse practitioner caring for surgery & trauma patients.
Ms. McKenna has held many nursing leadership roles including as Treasurer and then President of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, President of the Allegheny County Safe Kids Coalition, President of the Pennsylvania Trauma Nurse Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Trauma Special Interest Group of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association and Co-Chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group of the Society of Trauma Nurses. She is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Trauma Nursing and the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. She co-edited the first edition of the textbook Nursing Care of the General Pediatric Surgical Patient and is the co-author of the most recent chapter on Pediatric Trauma.
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