I saw on your creds that you specialize in trauma. That's the specialty I am most interested in pursuing. I'm in my first semester, but I am a non-traditional student with enough exposure to the field (Scribing in the ED for two years) to have some idea of what I want and do not want.
I have a significant interest in pursuing trauma - but I was wondering how to do so. I understand that there is a certification available after taking some additional nursing courses and recording enough hours in the ED. The routes I've seen are either ED or ICU; is there some other career field I should be considering?
Thank you for your time!
I work at a truama center, started nursing before there was such a thing as ACLS, and later TNCC. Basically, just working in a high volume trauma center will get you there. I haven't looked into any specific certifications other than the ENA ones, TNCC & Advanced Trauma Core Curriculum; both about 2 day course but they go indepth on what to do.
So "specialize", not so much as just that is what I've done for the last 25 years, work in a Level 3 trauma center; and take the courses mentioned above.
I'd recommend joining ENA, they have a large library of books and resources to study. Plus you get the Emergency Nursing Journal as part of your membership fees.