although pre-hospital trauma life support (phtls)
is a pre-hospital course, it is an excellent course (6th edition). however, the national association of emergency medical technicians (naemt)
is in the process of updating the course and i have not yet seen the 7th edition text. if you do take phtls i suggest that you take either an advanced or combined course. both the 6th and 7th edition textbooks are available on line
also offers courses in advanced medical life support
and emergency pediatric care
international trauma life support (itls)
is another pre-hospital trauma program that you might consider. although i have no current exposure to this course, they used to be very similar in content and presentation.
yes, you can take the trauma nursing core course (tncc)
in any state. as the emergency nurses association (ena)
posts all approved courses regardless of whether it is a closed course or not, there is no need to search elsewhere.
another trauma course offered by the ena is the course in advanced trauma nursing (catn)
, although they recommend that you have previously attended a tncc course prior to attending. this course is also offered less frequently than tncc.
the ena also offers the emergency nursing pediatric course (enpc)
another course you might consider, if available, is the advanced trauma course for nurses (atcn)
. this course, which is sponsored by the society of trauma nurses
is taught concurrently with the advanced trauma life support (atls)
course. you would audit the lectures with the physicians and then attend skills stations separately from the physicians.
you might also find an atls course to audit if you are willing to be a "victim" for the final evaluation station. a list of upcoming atls courses can be located here: atls - course search