Unlike standardized trauma programs targeted at prehospital and emergency care providers, the Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR) course was specifically created to meet the learning needs of INPATIENT trauma nurses.
The TCAR course offers emergency, perioperative, critical care, acute care, and rehabilitation providers the foundational, evidence-based information and clinical reasoning skills necessary to address the needs of the hospitalized trauma patient. TCAR does not focus on specific psychomotor skills, which vary greatly by practice location and practice level.
TCAR covers a wide range of pathophysiologic and nursing concepts and is designed to be a broad, core-level program, rather than an advanced or specialty-specific course. Although registered nurses are TCAR's target audience, the information contained in this program has proven useful to physical therapists, paramedics, social workers, dietitians, respiratory therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, LVNs/LPNs, and others who interact with the hospitalized trauma patient.
Participants focus on concepts relevant to the nursing care of the injured, hospitalized patient:
Learners participate in interactive, expanding case scenarios that address the needs of hospitalized patients with injuries to major body systems. Each module introduces specific trauma care concepts including pathophysiology, patient assessment, and complications. Surgical, medical, and nursing management options and outcome criteria are introduced while analyzing patients with:
Each interactive expanding case scenario promotes critical thinking, knowledge synthesis, and clinical reasoning skills by inviting learners to:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to: