Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Marshfield is committed to educating RNs, EMS and other health care providers. We offer a number of educational programs that specialize in trauma care. Our partnership with the American College of Surgeons allows us to provide the best in trauma and critical care education.
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
This 2-day course is designed for physicians and physician extenders (other health care professionals may audit the course). The course objective is to provide an organized approach for evaluation and management of seriously injured patients. Material covered will include initial assessment and management of various traumas, surgical skills practicum, trauma management skills stations, followed by testing stations. ATLS is offered through Marshfield Clinic and has been developed by the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about this offering or to register for this course contact the Marshfield Clinic Training Center at 715.389.7559.
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
This 2-day course is held concurrently with the physician ATLS course and shares the didactic lectures with the physician attendees. Benefits of the ATCN course include an educational, team building, collaborative and synchronized approach to trauma care. Nursing skill stations are based on interactive “hands on” scenarios. This course has been developed by the Society of Trauma Nurses. To learn more about this offering or to register for this course contact Ministry Health Care’s Educational Department at 800.273.3644.
Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC)
This 2-day course is designed to provide core-level knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to provide care to the pediatric patient in the emergency care setting throughout the age continuum from infants to adolescents. This course presents a systematic assessment model, integrating the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to identify appropriate interventions. This course has been developed by the Emergency Nurses Association. Contact Ministry Health Care’s Educational Department at 800.273.3644 to learn more about this offering or to register for this course.
Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP)
This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of prehospital professionals who care for ill and injured children. PEPP is a comprehensive course of pre-hospital medical information for the emergency care of infants and children. The content is presented through live action video, hands-on skill stations, group scenarios and case-based lectures. This course has been developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. To learn more about this offering or to arrange this course contact Sandy Johnson, EMS Coordinator at 715.387.7995.
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
This 2-day course for EMT- Paramedic, RNs or MDs is a unique continuing education program created in recognition of the real need in EMS education for additional training in the handling of trauma patients. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. The course focuses on trauma patients in the pre-hospital environment—how to identify, manage, and transport them with the highest level of care and give them the greatest chance of survival. PHTLS programs are developed from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program. Offered upon request at your department/location. To learn more about this offering or to arrange this course contact Sandy Johnson, EMS Coordinator at 715.387.7995.
PHTLS Trauma First Response Course
This 1-day eight-hour continuing education course designed to teach the principles of PHTLS to first responders, police officers, firefighters, rescue personnel and safety officers. This course is helpful in preparing for care of trauma patients, whether the first responders serve as part of EMS transport teams or they care for patients while awaiting EMS transport providers. Offered upon request at your department/location. To learn more about this offering or to arrange this course contact Sandy Johnson, EMS Coordinator at 715.387.7995.
Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
This 2-day course is designed to provide basic trauma knowledge and psychomotor skills associated with the delivery of nursing care to the trauma patient. The trauma nurse process is used to standardize the approach to trauma care and is reflected in the course manual and the skill stations. This course has been developed by the Emergency Nurses Association. To learn more about this offering or to register for this course, contact
Ministry Health Care’s Educational Department at 800.273.3644.
Trauma CME Education
This 1-hour Trauma CME Education course including case review will be developed for your specific Level III or IV hospital and presented by our Trauma Medical Director; intended for Physicians, Allied Health Professionals, and ED Nurses. Offered upon request at your facility. To learn more about this offering or to arrange this course, please contact Terry Nichols, Trauma Program Manager at 715.389.5756.
Emergency Medical Services Outreach and Lectures
We work closely with EMS departments across central and northern Wisconsin to provide ongoing quality adult and pediatric trauma education. We have developed a series of programs for you to select from, taught at your department by the Trauma Service of Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, pediatric intensivists and others. Please contact Amy Schmidt, Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator at 715.387.9566 for more information or to arrange a course.
Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation: Children Are Not Little Adults
This 2-hour class will cover the unique pediatric characteristics and differences in relation to their injuries, cover resuscitative measures for injured children, and identify the components contributing to morbidity and mortality of
the injured pediatric patient.
Care of the Special Needs Child
This 1-hour class will cover the special consideration in the chronically ill child.
Communicating with Children and Families
This 1-hour class features our Child Life specialists as we review medical situations from the child’s perspective. An age based approach will review the child’s stress response, common childhood misperceptions relating to communication, and provide keys to effective communication with children.
This 1-hour class will utilize a case presentation format to educate on the systemic identification and treatment of life threatening emergencies and the identification and management of common medical issues which could arise during the transport of the sick pediatric patient.
Pediatric Pain Management
This 1-hour class will include a brief review of the neuroanatomy and neurobiology of pain, discuss pediatric pain, and the care providers justification. A case review format is utilized to explore this subjective experience we know as pain.
Contact Amy Schmidt, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator, at 715.387.9566 for more information on pediatric courses.
What’s Data Got to Do With It?
This 1-hour class details the importance of your trip sheets, shows how the data impacts patient care in the hospital, and beyond (regional, state, and national), and describes what happens to the trip sheet after you leave it at the hospital.
Landing Zone Safety
This course, taught by Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation, provides instruction on landing zone requirements, helicopter safety, and other aspects of medical evacuation. Contact Ministry Spirit at 800.320.4949 for more information.