Emergency and Trauma Services
Emergency/Trauma services (ED/TS) at John Peter Smith Hospital Fort Worth, Texas provides episodic care for those who are injured or have suffered a sudden illness. JPS was the first designated Level I Trauma Center in Tarrant County, Texas. JPS ED/TS cares for more than 60,000 patients annually, seeing 81,345 patients last year. The ED/TS consists of 56 main treatment beds and a Fast Track area with the ability to expand as necessary to meet volume needs.
The ED/TS team at JPS consists of Board Certified Emergency Physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, ED Technicians, Unit Secretaries, Patient Advocates, Radiology Technicians, Respiratory Care Practitioners and students. These individuals receive specialized training to work in the various areas of the ED/TS, such as ambulatory triage, ambulance triage, fast track, trauma, pediatrics, medicine and the surgical area.
In addition, JPS provides SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examination) by registered nurses who receive additional skills and training in forensics. JPS has a state-of-the-art exam room dedicated to SANE exams and more than 50 law enforcement agencies in the DFW area utilize the SANE exam room and program. JPS offers a customized preceptorship program. The program is designed for both new and experienced nurses interested in transitioning their nursing careers into emergency department nursing. The curriculum includes both didactic and hands-on experience. Nursing staff and orientees work every third weekend at JPS, follow a cyclic schedule and have long stretches of days off twice on each cycle. Highlights of the program include ACLS, TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum), and ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course).
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