Trauma Registrar

  1. PA has finally acknowledged the tri-level trauma certification system. Our hospital is looking to become a trauma center (Level III because we have 2 Level I's and one Level II within 50 mi of us) ANYWAY, we are required to have a "Trauma Coordinator" and a "Trauma Registrar"..

    Does anyone know what the Trauma Registrar job entails?? I have been approached by the future Trauma Coordinator about this job, but we arent sure exactly what it involves. Any help will be appreciated.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    At least in Illinois - you keep the stats for the hospital - ie number of traumas, their age, the mechanism, the injuries (using trauma score), the outcome, bunch of other numbers. Our registrar also presents cases at the state level - we are a level one trauma center so we get traumas from all over the state. Its a big numbers job - don't think much nursing care or patient contact - more like chart reviews. Does that help?
  4. by   RNin92
    at our hospital our trauma coordinator also does the registry.
    we don't have a seperate job for that.
    and let me tell you she is one busy person!!!
  5. by   veetach
    Quote from traumaRUs
    At least in Illinois - you keep the stats for the hospital - ie number of traumas, their age, the mechanism, the injuries (using trauma score), the outcome, bunch of other numbers. Our registrar also presents cases at the state level - we are a level one trauma center so we get traumas from all over the state. Its a big numbers job - don't think much nursing care or patient contact - more like chart reviews. Does that help?

    YES! thank you so much! If I could work this into a full time job, I would. LOL I am really getting tired of the endless hours, back pain, exhaustion and aching feet of working full time night shift in the ER. I am ready to work during daylight hours and be able to sleep in my bed at night. I figure those new adrenalin pumped, exuberant RN's need to have their fun in the sun. LOLOL

    I would imagine that this job would only be part time in our facility, but it would give me a chance to do something other than ER nursing. Does this make sense?
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Yes - it surely does. Those are the exact reasons that I am doing ER Case Management...glad to be of service. Good luck.
  7. by   veetach
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Yes - it surely does. Those are the exact reasons that I am doing ER Case Management...glad to be of service. Good luck.

    Thanks so much!! I sometimes feel like I am wimping out because I am really ready to do something other than direct patient care..... It makes me feel better to know someone else out there shares my feelings.
  8. by   GDog7NYC
    A Trauma Registrar is usually responsible for collection and analysis of data regarding the incidence, severity and causes of traumatic injuries. He/she also monitors the facility for compliance with designated state trauma operational guidelines (unless that happens to be pawned off to your Trauma Coordinator). Paperwork.. paperwork. Also, depending on your state specifications, data on patients meeting inclusion criteria into your Trauma Service usually needs to be submitted to a State designated Trauma Registry on at least a quarterly basis. Some of this information includes basic demographics, EMS response and intervention, nature of injuries, ICU data and patient outcomes, to name a few. Did I mention LOTS of paperwork? LOL. Good luck!

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