Purpose and Scope: **The Trauma Coordinator is responsible for the ongoing development, growth and oversight of the Trauma Program. He/she must be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and an understanding of the interdependent roles of various physicians, nurses and allied health professions. The Trauma Coordinator is responsible for promoting high standards of practice through development of trauma policies, protocols and practice guidelines; participating in rigorous performance improvement monitoring; and staff education. He/she has authority to act on all trauma performance improvement and administrative issues and critically review trauma deaths and complications that occur within the hospital.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities: **
- Ensures that Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington meets all criteria for verification/designation as an ACS Level II Trauma Center
- Participates in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the trauma program
- Reviews the plan of care for each trauma patient to ensure that trauma protocols are properly initiated and followed.
- Participate in site review by regulatory agencies.
- Organize, direct and implement departmental practices to assure continued compliance with applicable laws including the guidelines established by the Statewide Trauma System and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
- Maintains current knowledge of trauma care via nursing literature review and trauma conferences.
- Make appropriate referrals for specialty services and communicate regularly with referring physician as appropriate.
- Assume clinical responsibility for all trauma patients.
- Ensure that adequate attending physician availability is provided to render care to trauma patients.
- Participate in trauma patient/family satisfaction projects as developed by the hospital.
Performance Improvement (PI): **
Co-Chair the Trauma Management Committee.
- Develop and implement PI activities appropriate to the trauma program.
- Maintain records for Trauma State regulatory guidelines for PI.
- Monitor compliance with trauma treatment guidelines, policies and protocols.
- Assure that the quality and appropriateness of patient care are monitored and evaluated and that appropriate actions based on findings are taken on a consistent basis.
- Review and address quality of care issues promptly to appropriate individuals, including Trauma Medical Director and hospital administration.
- Identify and correct deficiencies in trauma care policies, guidelines and protocols.
- Consult with Trauma Medical Director regarding quality care issues and adverse outcomes; identify areas to improve patient care.
- Assume responsibility for the accuracy and validity of trauma statistics.
Community Outreach: **
- Develop relationships and function as a liaison to Arlington County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Arlington Fire Department (FD) as well as other local agency stakeholders (e.g., Fairfax EMS, Alexandria EMS, Falls Church EMS).
- Participate in hospital outreach activities as may be requested by administration.
- Develop and participate in trauma community education and injury prevention activities.
- Function as a liaison to other hospitals within the region regarding trauma or emergency preparedness/operations activities.
Knowledge and Skill: **
- Lead the hospital in program development.
- Possess critical thinking, analytical, teaching/coaching and data analysis skills
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing or Bachelors of Arts in related field; MSN, preferred.
- Minimum Three years clinical experience in emergency/critical care or trauma care
- Specialty certification preferred (CCRN or CEN)
- Ability to obtain a VA Compact Registered Nurse license
- Currently certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Currently certified in Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC)
- Two years administrative experience preferred
- Data analysis or process improvement (PI) experience preferred
- Ability to accept and implement change
- Demonstrated history of positive collegial relationships with colleagues, physicians, support staff, hospital-based providers, administrators and patients.
- clinical - emergency/critical care or trauma care: 3 years (Required)
- Bachelor's (Required)
- Currently certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (Required)
- Specialty certification (CCRN or CEN) (Preferred)
- Currently certified in Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC) (Required)