i know these are more for the er
forum, but many critical care trauma nurses consider seeking this certification:
board of certification for emergency nursing (bcen) ~ certified emergency nurse
others consider enp:
emergency nurse practitioner (enp) scope of practice
the emergency nurse practitioner (enp) program prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to provide emergency and urgent health care services to individuals of all ages. emphasis is on the management of acute illnesses, trauma, and/ or chronic unstable illnesses requiring immediate attention, stabilizing the individual’s condition, and determining appropriate referral and follow-up care. enps provide care in ambulatory, urgent care, and emergency department settings. many graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the board of nurse examiners and to take the family nurse practitioner national certification examination through the american nurses credentialing center or the academy of nurse practitioners
and, many consider the apn role as a critical care/trauma specialist:
american association for critical care nurses ~ ccns
the critical care/trauma clinical nurse specialist
because inpatient care focuses increasingly on treating the sickest of the sick, the need for advanced practice nurses to provide and coordinate care in emergency rooms, trauma, critical care, and intensive care units has never been greater.
critical care/trauma clinical nurse specialists fill that role. they bring clinical expertise to acute care across a variety of health care settings, and lead the care management processes that are essential in today's health care environment. many also play a vital teaching and research role; from the front lines they lend a unique and essential perspective to understanding a range of issues confronting nurses.
university of texas - arlington
university of texas - houston
university of south alabama - college of nursing
vanderbilt university school of nursing
emory university school of nursing
university of california, san francisco
just thought ya'll might be interested in these links.