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Liz Bridges Leads International Trauma Nursing Course at the Ministry of Defense

Liz Bridges, Assoc. Prof in BNHS, spent March 13-17 teaching Iraqi students trauma nursing skills at the International Trauma Nursing Course sponsored by the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). She developed the DIMO course after recognizing a need to share specialized trauma training with nurses.

“DIMO has put on a large Disaster Health Management Course and we felt nurses couldn’t really participate as well in that forum,” said Bridges. “So we built a course that focuses on trauma, and specifically the nursing role in trauma.”

The DIMO has been leading courses throughout the world, including past courses in Pakistan, Nigeria and Estonia. Annually, the group identifies Iraqi military health needs and determines which courses will be most appropriate to share with the Iraqi health community. The Ministry of Defense in Iraq typically invites DIMO to come four times a year to conduct training, and this course on trauma is one of the most popular. This year, 40 students were invited to participate and more than 60 showed up to the course, citing it’s good reputation.

“We’ve trained more than 175 nurses around the world using hand-picked instructors who are all trauma nurses,” said Bridges.

Read more about the course and Dr. Bridges involvement.