In today's post, we are pleased to welcome guest blogger Megan E. Fitzgerald, a student clinical assistant at CIRP@CHOP. Read about how her six month co-operative internship at CIRP would become a cure for her chronic tunnel vision.
To help nurses build additional skills in how to provide trauma-informed care, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is now offering free continuing education courses on the HealthCareToolbox.org website. These trainings are based on the “DEF Protocol” which helps nurses address distress, emotional support, and family needs in a systematic manner.
Last week I had an opportunity to talk with fellow nurses at the 11th Annual Conference for Pediatric Surgical and Trauma Nursing at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on teen driving safety. I spoke with nurses working in emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma clinics and surgical units about teen crash prevention. While clinical care for a teen injured in a motor vehicle crash is an important topic to address, I instead took the opportunity to highlight how we as nurses can play a critical role in educating teens and their families about teen driver safety so that further tragedies can be prevented.
Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the 2013 National Meeting of the Safe States Alliance and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) , along with colleagues from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and the University of Pennsylvania. At the Safer Today Safer Tomorrow Conference, researchers, educators and practitioners in the field of injury prevention came together to discuss new research and programs, as well as strategies for effective advocacy.