|Will Chapleau EMT-P, RN, TNS Director of Performance Improvement. American College of Surgeons|
Will Chapleau EMT-P, RN, TNS
Director of Performance Improvement
American College of Surgeons
Will Chapleau has been chairman of the PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee since 1996, and has served as national faculty since 1984. He has been a Paramedic for 38 years and trauma nurse specialist for 25 years. He currently serves as the Director of Performance Improvement at the American College of Surgeons after spending 6 years managing Trauma training programs for the Committee on Trauma there. He also spent 20 years with the Chicago Heights Fire Department, the last 6 years as Chief. He also spent 15 years as an educator in the Good Samaritan Hospital EMS System in Downers Grove, Ill., and at St. James Hospital and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.
Chapleau has served on the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as on the boards for the National Association of EMS Educators and the Society of Trauma Nurses. He’s been a frequent contributor to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Fire Apparatus. He is also on the editorial board of EMS World Magazine. Will has written and edited five pre-hospital care texts and has taught prehospital care and lectured in conferences in over 50 countries.
Will Chapleau, who has managed the College’s Advanced Trauma Life Support®(ATLS®) program for six years, assumed the newly created position of Director of Performance Improvement (PI), although he will continue to oversee the ATLS program until his replacement is hired. In his new post, Mr. Chapleau will lead the transition from a GE-led PI initiative at the College to an internal program. He brings to the position a unique background as a licensed nurse with experience in emergency and critical care and 36 years as a licensed paramedic, including his work as chief of the Chicago Heights, IL, Fire Department, and its director of emergency medical services (EMS) and the Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Chapleau has lectured on EMS and trauma topics in more than 40 countries and has been an EMS educator for 28 years. He has written four published EMS textbooks as well as numerous journal articles. Mr. Chapleau serves as chair of Prehospital Trauma Life Support and has participated with boards of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the Society of Trauma Nurses. Since 2000, he has worked as an instructor and as a member of the executive council of Advanced Trauma Care Nursing. He earned an associate degree in fire science administration from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights as well as an associate degree in nursing from Western Illinois University, Macomb. http://bulletin.facs.
NAEMT ANNOUNCES 2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER: WILL CHAPLEAU
Oct 31, 2012
NAEMT is pleased to announce that Will Chapleau, EMT-P, RN, TNS is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is generously sponsored by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and was presented last night to Chapleau at the NAEMT General Membership Meeting.
Will Chapleau has been leading the cause for quality EMS education nationwide and across the globe for many years. He has served as Chair of NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee for the past 16 years, taking the program to new heights in using evidence-based, critical thinking to treat multi-system trauma. Because of his work, PHTLS is now offered to EMS practitioners in more than 55 countries.
Chapleau is Director of Performance Improvement and the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program Manager for the American College of Surgeons, Chicago. He has been a paramedic for 36 years and a trauma nurse specialist for 23 years. He has worked in the field as a firefighter paramedic and finished his 20-year fire department career as Chief of the Chicago Heights Fire department. Chapleau also has worked in emergency and critical care nursing.
An EMS educator for 28 years, Chapleau has published four EMS textbooks and contributed to numerous other texts, including ATLS, PHTLS and ATCN. He also has written frequently for EMS and trauma journals and has lectured on EMS and trauma topics in more than 50 countries.
In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of NAEMT, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the Society of Trauma Nurses, and currently serves on the Board of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
The Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award is NAEMT's most prestigious award, and is named after one of the founding members of NAEMT.
Books by Will Chapleau
Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, NREMT-P Professor of Surgery Tulane University