Local nurse earns national honor

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Travis Beebe-Woodard, an emergency nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center, has been honored with the 2019 Distinguished Trauma Certified Registered Nurse award winner by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

Beebe-Woodard, who is from East Dorset, was honored at TraumaCon2019, the Society of Trauma Nurses' annual conference, in Lexington, Kentucky, recently.

"I am honored to receive this award because it recognizes commitment to a standard and brings into focus the effort trauma nurses undertake to ensure they have the current working knowledge and expertise to give patients what they need," said Beebe-Woodard. "Earning this award would not have been possible without the support of my colleagues and the pathway to certification established by UVM Medical Center that has removed every barrier for our employees."

Beebe-Woodard is triple board certified in emergency nursing, having earned Certified Emergency Nurse and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse credentials as well as the TCRN.

Trauma Certified Registered Nurse is a national board certification for nurses who demonstrate advanced knowledge, skill and clinical judgment across the trauma care continuum, from injury prevention and prehospital care to acute care to rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

"As an advocate for trauma nurse board certification, Travis is raising the standard and quality of trauma care for urban and rural patients and their families throughout the University of Vermont Health Network footprint," said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker. "With vision, focus and dedication, he created an innovative nurse fellowship program and leads research-based education and process improvement initiatives while continuing to deliver expert bedside care and support his colleagues in their professional development."

The emergency department trauma nurse fellowship program Beebe-Woodard developed in partnership with his nurse and trauma surgeon colleagues is designed to build a corps of emergency trauma care nurse leaders.

"Travis is motivated by wanting to improve care and outcomes for injured patients and build the acumen and expertise of nurses in trauma care," said Kate FitzPatrick, chief nursing officer at UVM Medical Center. "His commitment to advancing the specialty of trauma nursing in Vermont and his work in developing what I believe will be a world-class fellowship are remarkable."

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