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Trauma Program Coordinator




Emergency Department


Full Time


Minimum Entry Level Qualifications

  1. Experience and/or level of competency: Minimum of five (5) years experience as an RN. Two (2) years experience in the Emergency Department or Critical Care Unit.
  2. Academic Preparation: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing; Masters preferred. Current RN License in the State of Texas. TNCC completed. TCRN Certification preferred, but within one (1) year of hire. Current ACLS Certification and current PALS Certification.

General Description:

Assumes 24-hour responsibility for the planning, supervising and evaluating of the clinical care given to every trauma patient that presents to this facility. Ensures comprehensive and continuous care for trauma patients and critically ill patients and are evaluated in the Emergency Department. Responsible for the management and direct supervision of direct patient care givers in the Emergency Department. Participates in the department’s performance improvement activities. Responsible for SANE nurses and activities involving surrounding communities.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Accounts for accuracy, timeliness and completeness of all information in the patients record.
  2. Clinical practice is in accordance with hospital, state and federal guidelines.
  3. Provides clinical leadership and develops, updates and follows through with plan of care, incorporating benchmarking guidelines (clinical path) and standard of care.
  4. Is engaged in the patient/customer satisfaction effort and looks for opportunities to ensure all customers have a satisfying experience.
  5. Age specific competencies.
  6. Performs all fiscal responsibilities within the scope of Trauma Services according to the facilities’ policies and procedures.
  7. Develops, implements and evaluates long and short term goals for the Trauma Service; presents reports to the Governing Board annually and as required.
  8. Markets the organization’s Trauma Services internally and externally.
  9. Ensures licensure and accreditation standards are met for Trauma Center Verification.
  10. Ensures Trauma Service compliance with regulatory agency standards, i.e., JCAHO, CMS, OSHA.
  11. Responsible for the Trauma Registry and Emergency Department databases.
  12. Develops implements and evaluates a Trauma Service staffing plan that meets the organizations needs.
  13. Reviews, develops, implements and evaluates policies and procedures for the Trauma Service that meet state and federal rules and regulations.
  14. In coordination with the medical staff, develops implements and revises clinical practice guidelines for trauma and critically ill patients that present to the Emergency Department.
  15. In coordination with the medical staff, develops implements and revises clinical practice guidelines for trauma and critically ill patients that present to the Emergency Department.
  16. Works with the Trauma Medical Director of Emergency/Trauma Services to investigate and provide solutions to problems that may be encountered during patient care
  17. Coordinates the Performance Improvement Program for Trauma Services
  18. Provides direct supervision of Emergency Department staff
  19. In coordination with the Emergency Department Nurse Manager, is responsible for the orientation of all staff and physicians.
  20. In coordination with the Emergency Department Nurse Manager provides education to staff on performance improvement. Ability to plan and organize orientation and in-service training for department staff members; participates in guidance and educational programs.
  21. Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff, administrative team, referring physicians, EMS agencies and other healthcare providers.
  22. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients’ needs are met and hospital policy is followed.
  23. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
  24. Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.
  25. Consults other departments, as appropriate, to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.
  26. Provides education to staff on performance improvement. Ability to plan and organize orientation and in-service training for department staff members; participates in guidance and educational programs.
  27. Ensures compliance with safety, emergency management, infection control and risk management policies and procedures.
  28. Studies current trends and developments in emergency/trauma nursing through current literature and professional society.
  29. Serves as a resource person in the area of trauma care and emergency nursing.
  30. Stays current in the field of emergency/trauma nursing through continuing education, professional societies and journals.
  31. Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients and the general patient population
  32. Uses the triage process to ensure timely and appropriate care to patients. Accurately assigns triage categories.
  33. Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
  34. Report status of Trauma and SANE to Emergency Director.
  35. Ensure compliance with SANE under Texas Law
  36. Coordinate care by all agencies involved in assisting the sexual assault victim and coordinate referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up as needed for each patient
  37. Perform and document sexual assault and forensic interview accurately.
  38. Perform a complete physical and forensic evidence collection examination including Head-to-Toe assessment for trauma, detailed genital examination, forensic specimen collection and documentation, including photography, and assess for mandatory reporting status, reporting when appropriate.
  39. Document detailed injuries accurately with support of photographic evidence.
  40. Maintain chain of custody for each sexual assault exam and adhere to evidence protocol
  41. Maintain professional standards that do not create conflict of interests with employment or patient care, including patient and medical record confidentiality
  42. Must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on-call.
  43. Administer appropriate prophylactic medications per protocols
  44. Provide testimony as fact witness to any/all cases performed while with SANE and coordinate with attorneys during judicial process
  45. Responsible to maintain clinical expertise as a SANE:
  • Maintain malpractice insurance (1,000,000/3,000,000).
  • Complete the initial state SANE training.
  • Complete the initial and on-going preceptor requirements as identified by the SANE Program
  • Debrief as needed to maintain emotional and physical wellness.
  • Maintain open communication with Emergency Director
  • Maintain equipment in proper working condition and exercise fiscal responsibility of unit’s resources.
  • Share individual expertise with the other members of SANE
  • Maintain competency by maintaining active performance of cases with no lapse of greater than six months
  • Pass a SANE specific med-test upon initial SANE practice and every other year.
  • Participate in quality assurance chart and photograph review process as determined by the SANE program
  • Adhere to all administrative, clinical, and employment policies and procedures on file with the SANE Program or hiring agency.
  • Commit to cover minimum number of one on-call weekend, one holiday, and other scheduling requirements as determined by the SANE program
  • Participate in professional development as determined by the SANE program, including staff meetings, conferences, and in-services.
  1. Performs other duties as assigned.
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