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Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is taught concurrently with approved Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Courses.

Benefits of the ATCN Course include an educational, team building, collaborative, synchronized approach to trauma care as trauma nurses share didactic lectures with the physician attendees of the ATLS Course. Physicians and nurses caring for trauma patients have the opportunity to share a common language and approach to trauma care. When the ATLS attendees break out for physician skill stations the ATCN nurses join small group trauma nursing skill stations.

ATCN Provider Course Schedule

First Day

  • Initial Assessment and Management
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Shock
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Rotation in Practical Skills Stations
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Hemorrhagic Shock and Initial Assessment, MRDS Team Video
Second Day
  • Head Trauma
  • Spine and Spinal cord Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Rotation in Practical Skills Stations: Pediatric Trauma, Spine and Extremity Injury, and Head Trauma
  • Injuries due to Burn and Cold
  • trauma in Extreme Age
  • Trauma in Women
  • Transfer to Definitive Care
  • Written Examination and Triage Case Scenarios
  • Skills Testing Station: Initial Assessment

These ATCN skill stations are based on an interactive "hands-on", scenario-based approach to adult education. The practical testing stations allow the ATCN students to demonstrate the application of ATLS and ATCN information on a moulaged patient. ATCN students are given both the ATLS Student Manual and the ATCN Student Manual.

The ATCN course was developed in response to a need for advanced trauma education for nurses. The ATCN course has been operational for over twenty years and is under the auspices of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN). STN is a professional, international nursing organization that spans the continuum of trauma care.

The STN-ATCN Program verifies successful completion of the ATCN Course and provides continuing education credit for completion of a course.

ATCN is currently available in over 20 states across the USA, and is also internationally including Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Hong Kong, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Spain; all offer both student and faculty courses.


Upon successful completion of this program, the nurse will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate concepts and principals of primary and secondary patient assessment
  2. Establish management priorities in a trauma situation
  3. Demonstrate management priorities of the multiply traumatized patient.
19.9 contact hours are provided by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

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$300.00 per student includes ATLS and ATCN provider manuals, continental breakfast, and lunch. Business/personal checks are accepted and should be made payable to HUP-TRAUMA.
(Maximum Class Size 16 Students).

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be subject to $150.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given within fifteen (15) days of the course date. Your registration fee can be applied to a future course.

All UPHS are to register via Knowledge Link.

Sponsored by the Society of Trauma Nurses and
the PA Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons

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