LEGACY IN THE NEWS: A night in the life of a trauma nurse

A photographer from Portland Monthly recently spent the night shadowing Jennifer Parker, RN, a trauma response and critical care nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for a behind the scenes view of Legacy Trauma Services, the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Surgical Services.

“We screen applicants very carefully. The personality of a trauma nurse must include calmness under stress and ability to multi-task,” says Dr. William Long, the medical director of Legacy Trauma Services. “Our trauma team philosophy is that a patient is dying or has a potential life threatening injury or condition, until proven otherwise.”

The trauma response and critical care nurses serve as a trauma resuscitation and critical care resource for Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children’s Hospital. They also serve as crucial members of the mobile surgical transport team and critical care transport team for the ECMO center. The nurses respond to all code activations within the hospital system and partake in management during the acute critical stages.

There are 71 trauma nurses between the Emergency Department and Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Legacy Emanuel. The Trauma and Critical Response team consists of four nurses: two full -time, one part- time and one on-call.

You can see the photo essay in the January issue of Portland Monthly.