Emergency (Initial Resuscitation) Nursing

The Emergency (initial resuscitation) Nursing module builds upon your knowledge of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of common trauma conditions presenting to the Emergency Department, as well as providing the opportunity to improve your clinical skills in key trauma related areas.

 Who Should Attend

This module has been developed for nurses providing emergency care to trauma patients in metropolitan and major regional hospitals. It is also suitable for nurses working in small rural and remote emergency facilities.

The Module

This module is run in two parts.

  1. You will be sent a package of materials which we strongly recommend you read prior to attending the workshop.
  2. Attendance at a 2 day workshop intensive. Depending on when you initially register, this is scheduled approximately six weeks after you have received the Study Guide.

The Benefits

This program allows you to access contemporary trauma nursing knowledge that is specifically Australian in its context (developed by Australian nursing experts); to explore the range of trauma services available throughout Australasia and between rural and metropolitan locations and to be assessed on your knowledge and skill in trauma nursing in a supportive and collegial environment.

A focus of this program is to facilitate the sharing of participant knowledge, and to build this into discussion of the principles of trauma nursing. Real life stories are used to make the main points.


This program has been written to articulate with the scope of practice of a registered nurse.

As this intensive module is focused on developing your trauma skills, there is an expectation that you will have basic levels of competency in certain skills normally able to be learnt as part of professional development programs in most hospitals.

For example, it is anticipated that you will be proficient in Basic Life Support and are familiar with the application of common monitoring equipment used in hospitals.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1: (0800 – 1700)


Discussion on:

  • Mechanism of injury
  • Primary survey
  • Chest trauma
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Pelvic trauma

Clinical skills practice related to:

  • Airway Management
  • Circulation access and monitoring
  • Cervical and in-line immobilisation


  • Application of primary and secondary survey


Day 2: (0800 – 1600)

Discussion on:

  • Burn injuries
  • Head, face and neck trauma
  • Spinal trauma
  • Extremity trauma
  • Preparing to receive the trauma patient
  • Patient transfer

Clinical skills practice related to:

  • Spinal immbobilisation
  • Splinting


  • Application of primary and secondary survey

Optional Assessment

In order to receive a course certificate, you will be required to complete the assessment tasks related to the module. An optional assessment is delivered at the conclusion of the program. Following successful completion of the assessment you will receive a certificate of achievement.