Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) overview and content

Course Overview

The Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is widely recognised as the premier trauma course for nurses and hospitals worldwide, empowering nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and practical training to provide expert care for trauma patients.

Every second counts when stabilising life-threatening trauma cases – prepare yourself by taking the TNCC. After completing this course, you will be able to assess and implement evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes for your patients.

The 8th edition of the TNCC:

  • teaches a systematic approach to trauma management through interactive discussion, graphic demonstrations, hands-on skill stations and case scenarios
  • provides a four year internationally recognised verification upon successful completion of the course.

TNCC Provider Course

The TNCC may be officially attended by all nurses however it is recommended that the participant have at least 6 months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care or trauma related setting. It is assumed that the course participant possesses generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

Included in the course are the following elements.

  • A Systematic Approach of Initial Assessment – The first few minutes of trauma care are critical to achieve better patient outcomes. The A – J mnemonic and the Trauma Nursing Assessment will assist nurses in providing appropriate and early intervention.
  • Hands on Training Using both an Individual and Team Approach – Psychomotor skill stations offer nurses the opportunity to practise the systematic approach of the initial assessment in real life situation. Instructors support participants to assess, critically analyse, identify interventions and evaluate effectiveness in a safe learning environment.
  • 2 Day Intensive Course with Expert Instructors – TNCC is a 2 day intensive course that is taught by expert instructors. There is a faculty ratio of approximately 1 faculty per 4 learners.
  • Comprehensive Manual – The TNCC 8th Edition Manual, sent to participants approximately 10 weeks prior to the course, contains evidence based content developed by trauma experts to reinforce and supplement the lectures and skill stations. It is a compilation of current trauma nursing standards and is a valuable resource for future reference.
  • Online Learning Modules – These interactive modules with links to additional information allow students to apply what they learn and receive immediate feedback. The modules are a complete case study process taking the nurses through an entire sequence of care.
  • Evaluation, Verification, and Contact Hours – At the completion of the course the participants undergo Trauma Nursing Process testing and an online Multiple Choice Questionnaire. On successful completion of this testing the participant will receive a TNCC verification card which is valid for 4 years.

Course content

  • Initial Assessment
  • Airway and Ventilation
  • Shock
  • Head Trauma
  • Thoracic and Neck Trauma
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma
  • Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Surface and Burn Trauma
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma Care
  • Disaster Management
  • Transition of Care for the Trauma Patient

Skill stations

  • Trauma Nursing Process Teaching Stations
  • Pregnancy
  • Paediatric
  • Spinal
  • Thoracic
  • Head
  • Blast

Evaluation

Successful completion of the course includes scoring 80% or greater on the multiple choice examination and demonstrating all critical steps and 70% of the total points in the evaluated skill station – the Trauma Nursing Process.

Course Observers

Course observers are any other health care professionals who may attend a TNCC course. As an observer, you will attend all lectures and skill stations but are not permitted to undertake the multiple choice examination and receive TNCC verification. Registered nurses cannot participate on the TNCC Course as a course observer.

TNCC Fast Track Course

This half day course is only recommended for nurses who have previously completed a TNCC Provider Course. Participants prepare for success on their own schedule using self-guided study materials including a new 8th Edition TNCC manual, online study modules and a practise mcq exam. The self-directed study is critical preparation for the verification testing. Participants attend day 2 of a Provider Course to undertake a mixture of theoretical revision and practical skills practise. The Fast Track Course provides 10.75 contact hours towards your nursing portfolio.

TNCC Instructor Course

The TNCC Instructor Course is an 8 hour course designed to prepare nurses to become a TNCC Provider Instructor.

To attend this course the nurse must have successfully completed the TNCC Provider Course and met specified criteria for consideration to become an Instructor. The Instructor Course places emphasises on appropriate teaching strategies as well as correct evaluation methods.

Applications

If you are interested in applying for TNCC courses you will need to complete an application form (PDF 1.9MB) and return it to WATTEU.

More information

Western Australian Trauma Training and Education Unit (WATTEU)

Phone: 6457 3699
Fax: 6457 1617
Send an email
Address:
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
3rd floor, A Block
Verdun Street
Nedlands WA 6009
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