In our ER the ER nurses and Techs are the trauma nurses and techs. When a trauma is called we will have a Pharmacy person, Trauma Surgeon, 1RRT Nurse, Chaplin and Security, X-Ray, CP and Lab all show up. But it's the ER nurses and the ER techs that are doing everything with our ER Doc with the Surgeon.
There aren't any of us specifically set for this either. We rotate each shift and we all work in the trauma bays. When a Code is called in the hospital it's one of our ER techs, and ER docs and a RRT nurse that goes to it and if available one of our Nurses as well. If it's during a time we only have one Doc on and they are in the middle of our own emergency then our tech will go but it's the hospitalist that will need to take care of it.
Speaking of this topic, I have to say I am amazed at the amount of people that don't realize that just about everything (outside of a glidascope but that's in the bag our techs take up) that you need for a code is in the Code card. I went to a Code the other day in the ICU and a complaint was actually made against the ER staff because they are running around everywhere looking for things for this code that were all IN THE CODE CART. They didn't even have the cart in the room. It was absurd and so frustrating. They keep sending someone to go and get meds, syringes, flushes, NG tubes etc. etc. and we keep yelling out when someone says "get this" that it's IN THE CODE CART. No instead people are running around to the stock room, to the pyxsis, to other rooms and so on.
Anyway, their is my rant on that.
But I would think a Trauma nurse is the nurses that deal with the traumas. I never really looked at it as a nurse that has dealt with patients that went through a trauma. But the ones on the front lines of the trauma. So in my hospital that would be the RRT and ER nurses, but primarily the ER nurses. I suppose that could expand to the OR nurses too but we usually are getting them semi stable before they leave for surgery. I suppose everyone can have their own definition of what it entails.