Tncc

  1. 0 I will be taking TNCC this week & am a little worried......the other ER nurses really know their stuff....I on the other hand have only been in the ER for ~6 months, (been a nurse for 2 yrs)....can anyone tell me how difficult it is?..... I just don't want to look like a dummy! :imbar Thanks
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    crb613 has '7' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med Surg/Tele/ER'. From 'Kentucky-Go Big Blue!!'; Joined Feb '04; Posts: 1,716; Likes: 529.

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  4. Visit  GilaRRT} profile page
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    TNCC is not a difficult course. Remember it is Trauma Nursing Core Course. You will learn the core or foundational elements of caring for the trauma patient. I find most people like the course. The hands on stations are usually quite helpful for the newly minted provider.
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  5. Visit  litbitblack} profile page
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    I was nervous to take it but it is not difficult. You get to practice the stations before you test on them and everything is covered in the book. Mechanism of injury is an interesting major part of it.
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  6. Visit  classicdame} profile page
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    be sure to ask questions while practicing.
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  7. Visit  mom2michael} profile page
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    My TNCC class was great. It wasn't hard at all and we had awesome instructors who loved to teach. Our stations were long and somewhat daunting and they expected us to follow the algorithm pretty much straight thru BUT if you missed something major you had a chance to fix it before you left the station and anyone who didn't pass a station or the written test had a chance to redeem themselves with some 1:1 time with an instructor after the class was over. I had only been an ER nurse (and an RN for that matter) for about 8 months when I took my class.
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  8. Visit  FlyingScot} profile page
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    It isn't extremely difficult but it isn't a "blow-off" class either. Make sure you read your book. I'd suggest reading it before you take the class so you will have questions ready when you come to that subject.
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  9. Visit  futurecnm} profile page
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    Quote from crb613
    I will be taking TNCC this week & am a little worried......the other ER nurses really know their stuff....I on the other hand have only been in the ER for ~6 months, (been a nurse for 2 yrs)....can anyone tell me how difficult it is?..... I just don't want to look like a dummy! :imbar Thanks
    This class is required of the new ED nurses within a year I think. So, all of us will be fairly new. I am taking it in a couple months, I guess I wasn't worried about it!
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  10. Visit  mandasueRN} profile page
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    I am a TNCC instructor and my best suggestion to you is to make sure that you read the book throughly and understand the TNP(Trauma Nurse Process) before you ever set foot in class. I just taught a class last week and the students that had the worst time were the ones who did not crack a book before coming to the first day of class. All of your courses, such as TNCC, ACLS, etc, are set up now for the adult learner--basically, it is understood that you will have the book prior to the class and will take the time to read and study on your own. You are expected to bring the knowledge you gain from studing with you to class. The TNP is the easy part if you just memorize the steps A through I. The new test for the current 6th edition of TNCC is a little harder in my opinion and requires more critical thinking than the previous edition--make sure you read the questions throughly before answering and pick the best answer. With preparation, you will do fine in TNCC.
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  11. Visit  mwboswell} profile page
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    I agree with mandasueRN,
    I'm a TNCC instructor also and I find the biggest thing is lack of preparation. If you have a GOOD course director, they will NOT be letting students register/sign up for this class within 2 weeks of the class! (I cut it off at 3-4 weeks!)...this gives the most opportunity for someone to READ & REVIEW the material.

    (Actually the ENA recommends students have the course materials 30 DAYS PRIOR to the course!)

    Good Luck in your class!
    -Mark

    Quote from mandasueRN
    I am a TNCC instructor and my best suggestion to you is to make sure that you read the book throughly and understand the TNP(Trauma Nurse Process) before you ever set foot in class. I just taught a class last week and the students that had the worst time were the ones who did not crack a book before coming to the first day of class. All of your courses, such as TNCC, ACLS, etc, are set up now for the adult learner--basically, it is understood that you will have the book prior to the class and will take the time to read and study on your own. You are expected to bring the knowledge you gain from studing with you to class. The TNP is the easy part if you just memorize the steps A through I. The new test for the current 6th edition of TNCC is a little harder in my opinion and requires more critical thinking than the previous edition--make sure you read the questions throughly before answering and pick the best answer. With preparation, you will do fine in TNCC.
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  12. Visit  crb613} profile page
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    Thanks to everyone....I have the book & have done the reading. My book is full of yellow highlights :wink2:......The part I was a little worried about was the skill stations. I think I have the TNP down pretty well......I am going to go study some more! Thanks
  13. Visit  TraumaNurseRN} profile page
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    Quote from crb613
    thanks to everyone....i have the book & have done the reading. my book is full of yellow highlights :wink2:......the part i was a little worried about was the skill stations. i think i have the tnp down pretty well......i am going to go study some more! thanks
    i apologize for not reading any previous posts on this issue.

    my advice is to obtain one of your hospital's trauma flowsheets and study it, along with the book.

    i feel once you can get the flowsheet down (it's normally set up...prehospital, primary and then secondary treatments/assessments/etc.) it always helps me with tncc to visualize this flowsheet when taking the skills stations. hope i helped...denise

    ps: depending on how they set up the skills stations (iv supplies, endotubes, ect.....helps how you determine what needs to be done.....if they have supplies right there for you....if they say the patient is in resp. distress...pick up the oral airway,endotube, simple mask etc.) and put it on the face....remember to assess, re-assess. always remember...abcs first...with inline c-spine stabilization. think of your trauma flowsheet, visualize it.
    Last edit by TraumaNurseRN on Aug 12, '08 : Reason: additional information
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    Quote from traumanursern
    i apologize for not reading any previous posts on this issue.

    my advice is to obtain one of your hospital's trauma flowsheets and study it, along with the book.

    i feel once you can get the flowsheet down (it's normally set up...prehospital, primary and then secondary treatments/assessments/etc.) it always helps me with tncc to visualize this flowsheet when taking the skills stations. hope i helped...denise

    ps: depending on how they set up the skills stations (iv supplies, endotubes, ect.....helps how you determine what needs to be done.....if they have supplies right there for you....if they say the patient is in resp. distress...pick up the oral airway,endotube, simple mask etc.) and put it on the face....remember to assess, re-assess. always remember...abcs first...with inline c-spine stabilization. think of your trauma flowsheet, visualize it.
    thanks! makes sense....if the supplies are laid out,then they are not there just for looks! good tip!
  15. Visit  FERN-tastic} profile page
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    Quote from crb613
    Thanks! Makes sense....if the supplies are laid out,then they are not there just for looks! Good tip!

    But they will put out supplies you don't need, so choose wisely!

    I didn't think TNCC was terribly hard. The skills station was pretty easy for me, but the written test had some things not really covered in the lecture part. That threw me a bit. But like most people have said, read through the book before hand and you should be fine.
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