In 2018 a working group of trauma nurses, representing hospitals from across the country and various levels of experience, was set up to guide the development a trauma nursing professional development framework. The group identified these four areas as the focus for the framework: 

  • Current state
  • Core trauma nursing skills and training 
  • Advanced trauma nurse career options
  • Future trauma nursing state


The intent of this framework is to support a common understanding and consistent implementation of the trauma nurse role.This is the first time a trauma nurse professional development framework has been developed in New Zealand. We envisage this will be amended in time as our understanding of the role evolves and our trauma system matures. 

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