Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator 

The Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator, a Clinical Nurse Consultant position, is responsible for the monitoring and coordination of the Regional Trauma Centre and Local Health District (LHD) Injury Management Program in close collaboration with the Regional Trauma Director and the LHD Trauma Committee. Areas of responsibility include evaluating patient care, identifying system problems, making recommendations for improvement and coordinating educational trauma related activities for the Regional Trauma Centre and local hospitals within the LHD.

The Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator functions as a liaison for trauma care by maintaining effective lines of communication to the wider trauma community including:

  • Retrieval Services
  • Injury Prevention Unit
  • NSW Health Department
  • Regional District Ambulance
  • Universities Medical/Nursing Faculties
  • Major Trauma Services NSW.

Tasks

Please note the following outline of the tasks of the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator is generic in nature and is a guide only.

The tasks, which accompany the function of the Regional Trauma Nurse Coordinator, include:

Clinical Activities

  • Attends weekly Multi-disciplinary rounds of Trauma patients within the Regional Trauma Service (RTS)
  • Provides clinical feedback to staff at the Regional Trauma Centre and local Hospitals within the LHD on a regular basis
  • Provides clinical leadership and expert advice on the management of trauma patients to staff in the Regional Trauma Centre and local hospitals within the LHD

Administration

  • Works in partnership with Regional Trauma Centre and local Hospitals within the LHD to develop policy and procedures for the management of trauma patients
  • Attends LHD Trauma Committee meetings
  • Provides monthly/ six monthly reports, detailing activities, to the LHD Trauma Committee and the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM)

Quality Management

  • Collection of specified Minimum Data Set (MDS) relating to seriously injured patients presenting to the RTS
  • Ensure data is entered into the Trauma Registry within the timeline specified by NSW ITIM.
  • Maintain a log book which identifies trauma admissions to the RTS
  • Perform concurrent review of medical records, evaluating the process of care in the RTS and LHD as required
  • Identify RTS and LHD in-hospital trauma deaths for inclusion in the peer review death audit committee process
  • Facilitate ”loop closure” within the quality management process and document actions taken both within the RTS and between the RTS and LHD local hospitals
  • Identifies trauma system related opportunities for improvement and directs relevant information to the Area Trauma Committee for evaluation and referral
  • Monitors Protocol T1 transports to the RTS and LHD local hopsitals and reports protocol breakdown to the LHD Trauma Committee

Education

  • Coordinates and collaborates on educational activities necessary to meet the needs of the Regional Trauma Centre and LHD local hospitals
  • Liaises with the Major Trauma Services to facilitate education programs within the Regional Trauma Centres and LHD local hospitals
  • Conducts regular trauma patient review meetings to LHD local hospital staff, with specific reference to transferred patients
  • Encourages Regional Trauma Centre and LHD local hospital staff participation at external trauma education programs and conferences
  • Participates in coordination of the RACS EMST program and or TNCC Program
  • Attends trauma education programs / conferences to maintain own professional education, minimum of one program / conference per year

Research

  • Participates in research programs coordinated by the Area Trauma Committee / RTS
  • Initiates research in relation to injury management or the trauma system
  • Prepares papers for publication and presents papers at meetings / conferences
  • Encourages research participation amongst Regional Trauma Centre and LHD local hospital staff.

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15.2023
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26.2023

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