Judith Stoner Halpern, RN
When the International Journal of Trauma Nursing
(IJTN) was proposed, it represented a new approach in scope and
purpose for nursing literature. The journal's scope was to cover
the multiple issues, geographic settings and professional concerns
of nurses who cared for the injured around the world. The purpose
of IJTN would be different -- to be an international communication
tool for nurses.
The first step was to identify what content should
be included in the journal. Because trauma patients have a wide
range of health care needs, the journal was to be a reflection of
those many services. Advice was sought from several United States
nursing associations who had formed the Trauma Nursing Coalition
(TNC), and the coalition has worked together to publish professional
In 1992, the TNC created the Resource Document
for Nursing Care of the Trauma Patient, and in 1994, agreed to an
ongoing collaboration - to produce a quarterly publication. Each
of the TNC member associations has an editorial board representative
and contributes to the content and policy. The current TNC consists
of the following associations: Air and Surface Transport Nurses
Association (ASTNA); American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
(AACN); American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA); Association
of periOperative Nurses (AORN); Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
(ARN); Emergency Nurses Association (ENA); and the National Association
of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). An International Consulting Editorial
Board is currently under development.
IJTN has also worked to promote a greater unity
and understanding for nurses, to be an international voice to, for
and about nursing. Over the journal's six years, authors who have
lived or worked in a wide variety of geographic, political and clinical
settings, have written about their nursing practice and research
in large urban trauma centers in the United States, Ireland, Belgium
and Costa Rica. Others have shared their experience of working in
less common settings, such as the rain forests of Papua New Guinea,
the Arctic Circle, the outback of Australia, or war zones. Each
letter, manuscript, or other contribution has provided a deeper
global understanding of what is a trauma nurse.
IJTN publishes peer-reviewed scholarly reviews
of the literature, research reports and case studies for nurses
in many types of clinical, administrative and educational positions.
Regular columns cover clinical decisions, pediatric and orthopedic
care, computers in clinical care, research and advisories from the
US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. The journal provides significant news items and
contacts with professional, public, and specialty health organizations.
Abstracts of the literature are provided as a service to clinicians
who have limited time to scan or read multiple journals.
Starting in 2000, IJTN has been offered to subscribers
in both print and online versions. (www.mosby.com/trauma).
Subscribers from all over the world can readily access the journal
and obtain the full-text articles. Non-subscribers can access the
table of contents, several columns, information for authors, and
abstracts of the main articles.
Working on-line has provided the editorial staff
the opportunity to communicate with many interested individuals
and the journal welcomes the input and assistance of all nurses.
New and experienced authors are encouraged to send a query letter
to the Editor, Judith Stoner Halpern, RN, MS, CEN (at email@example.com).
If authors wish to contribute to a column, they are encouraged to
contact the appropriate section editor for further assistance (names
and email addresses can be found in the Author Guidelines section
of the journal). For further information about how to become involved
with the journal, readers are encouraged to contact the editor directly.
trauma.org 5:8 - August 2000