Unlike standardised trauma programmes 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 is designed to provide ward care, critical care, perioperative, and rehabilitation clinicians the foundational, evidence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to address the needs of the hospitalised 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 programme, rather than an advanced or specialty-specific course. Although registered nurses are TCAR's target audience, the information contained in this programme has proven useful to physical therapists, paramedics, social workers, dieticians, 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, hospitalised patient:
Learners participate in interactive, expanding case scenarios that address the needs of hospitalised 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: