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TNCC is a core information course. Tries to bring the basics of trauma care to every ER nurse no matter what size/type ER they work in. Is meant to be a foundation for future trauma care education (that is my take on it as a TNCC instructor).
ATCN is indeed a more advanced program for more experienced trauma nurses and involves more critical thinking beyond airway, breathing and circulation and management of those basic (but needed) issues.
If you are an experienced trauma nurse than you have evolved beyond TNCC and ATCN may be the course to challenge you now.
Agreed...this right from ENA's site:
The Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) is a continuing education program intended for nurses, physicians assistants, paramedics and other non-physician emergency care professionals. It introduces and stresses the fundamentals of an organized, prioritized approach to the care of trauma patients. The two-day Provider Course is intended for initial training and students receive a certificate valid for four years upon successful completion. Renewal is accomplished via a one day Reverification Course which is conducted in conjunction with the second day of a Provider Course...
This is from the Society of Trauma Nurses website regarding ATCN...
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses® (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient. The ATCN course is taught concurrently with ATLS®. The ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering a superb trauma educational program, and maintaining a positive collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma State Chapters. The ATCN program is currently being offered in numerous states is well as internationally.
The nurse participants audit the ATLS lectures. During the ATLS skill and testing stations, the nurses are separated from the physician group and directed through ATCN skill stations. ATCN Skill stations include:
Initial Assessment and Management
Airway and Ventilatory Management
Spine & Extremity Injuries
The 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.
Hope that helps...ATCN is governed by the American college of Surgeons, hence why it is run concurrently with ATLS...TNCC is governed by ENA...