At present, there are dynamic changes taking place in politics as well as in technology and in communities as well as in hospitals – mainly because patient populations in the world are becoming more complex. In these changing scenarios, the role of the trauma nurse practitioner too has been evolving in order to keep pace with the times.
The beginnings of the concept of trauma nurse practitioner can in fact be traced to the sixties; however, a lot of water has flown beneath the bridge since then and the scope of such practitioner’s role has had to also expand considerably.
No Clear Time Of Induction
However, the time when induction of trauma nurse practitioner began cannot be pinpointed; though, their use in trauma programs continues to grow. Today, virtually every trauma team is sure to include such practitioners and fortunately the general consensus (even with regard to The Society of Trauma Nurses) is that trauma nurse practitioners are more than able, willing and capable of meeting the challenges posed by trauma care.
To become a trauma nurse practitioner requires having entry level education of at least master’s level. In addition, such a practitioner must also complete didactic as well as clinical courses meant to impart advanced level of knowledge as well as clinical competency within the practitioner’s specialty.
Trauma nurse practitioner needs to practice according to the dictates of their individual State legislative and/or regulatory body. The standards for basic licensure are set out by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing or the NCSBN. However, there are also a few states that ask that a trauma nurse practitioner also gets a second license in addition to the registered nurse license that they already have.
Trauma nurse practitioners are however allowed to practice in an autonomous manner and also in collaboration with other health care professionals; especially, when it concerns diagnosing, treating and managing trauma patient health problems. It is the level of education that a trauma nurse practitioner has that ultimately helps determine how good the decision making skills of that practitioner are.
Another area where trauma nurses are called upon to act is when it concerns childhood trauma because sometimes the effects of such trauma can be especially severe and therefore require expert handling.
However, if you are concerned with working as trauma nurse practitioner you need not worry about your background or level of responsibility because this work is open to people from different backgrounds as well as job responsibilities. In fact, a trauma nurse practitioner can work with adults, families, pediatrics and also be Acute Care Certified.