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My Experience at ‘Emergency Nursing 2015’

Posted on Mon, Nov 09, 2015
My Experience at ‘Emergency Nursing 2015’

By Jan Corcoran, RN, BS, CEN
An estimated 6,000 emergency nurses came together at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to take advantage of advocacy, networking and educational opportunities at Emergency Nursing 2015. This five-day event was the Emergency Nursing Association’s (ENA) first-ever integrated Leadership and Annual Conference and is the largest conference dedicated to emergency nursing.
Nurses had the opportunity to attend more than 190 educational tracks and sessions to help them prepare for the future of emergency nursing. Sessions ranged from in-depth clinical topics to leadership innovations to hands-on training in the AdvancED, ultrasound, and cadaver labs. In addition, more than 200 exhibitors promoted the latest technology and information in emergency medicine.
“The emergency nursing industry is changing at lightning speed,” said ENA President Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN. “With evolving global health conditions, new diseases and safety concerns for emergency nurses who are on the front lines of patient care, ENA is preparing nurses to successfully and safely provide the emergency care of the future.” 
A few of the many highlights of the conference were:

  • The AdvancED, an interactive mock emergency department located in the exhibit hall. This new, revolutionary simulation area allowed nurses at any stage of their careers to refine their skills using hands-on scenarios along with mannequins as patients. Immediate feedback was provided, thus reinforcing best practices. 

  • An estimated 6,000 emergency nurses came together at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to take advantage of advocacy, networking and educational opportunities at Emergency Nursing 2015.

  • The presentation “EDCAHPS: What Every ED Caregiver Must Know” introduced EDCAHPS (now known as Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care – EDPEC). The presenter, Ryan Oglesby, Ph.D., MHS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, discussed in detail how the perception of care is becoming the new measure of quality. Yet, less than 50 percent of hospitals report that they are preparing for EDPEC. Preparing now can help ED staff and providers become familiar with the questions on the survey, increase awareness of the potential impact on reimbursement, and gain ownership of target areas for improvement. 

  • Attendees at Friday’s general session were expecting to hear information about disaster drills and training during the session entitled “From Chaos to Culture: Are You Ready to be Ready?” presented by Daniel J. Nadworny, MSN, RN. Instead, the presentation suddenly erupted into a surprise active shooter drill. Thanks to live video feed on multiple screens, audience members were able to view the event as it happened. At the same time, Nadworny discussed the actions of the drill volunteers and best practices in disaster response, emphasizing the importance of training and readiness for mass casualty situations. 

  • More than 500 nurses were guests at Friday’s Certification Recognition Breakfast, honoring those nurses who are board-certified in emergency, pediatric, trauma or flight nursing. These nurses have taken robust certification examinations signifying their commitment to the highest level of patient care in their specialties. Keynote speaker Marilyn Sherman motivated attendees with her energetic presentation, touching on themes of inspiration, teamwork, vision and integrity. She reminded us that life is short, so view it as a venue – it’s meant to be lived in the front row! 

The conference was a great learning and networking experience – one that I won’t soon forget.
ENA is already planning its next integrated conference. Emergency Nursing 2016 will be held in Los Angeles September 13-17, 2016. Attendees will be able to participate in more cutting-edge technology from the AdvancED and learn from the industry’s foremost experts in emergency nursing clinical and leadership topics. Visit for more information.
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Jan Corcoran, RN, BS, CEN, Divisional Director of Clinical Services in EmCare’s Physician Services Division, began her career in healthcare as an EMT in a rural community. So began her long history of working with a lack of resources and other challenges that rural and community hospitals face. Jan progressed through the ranks of emergency care, working as a graduate nurse, advancing to become a lead trauma nurse, ED educator and fi­nally an assistant manager/interim manager of a Level 2 adult/pediatric referral trauma center. Jan joined EmCare in 2004, helping organizations nationwide focus on improving communication, culture and quality. She is certifi­ed in emergency nursing (CEN).



Nurses: Take Time to Care for Yourself

Posted on Thu, Oct 15, 2015
Nurses: Take Time to Care for Yourself

This year, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17. Emergency Nurses Day is Wednesday, Oct. 14. In a year when Ebola and the measles made international headlines, this year’s theme is “Celebrating the Courage of Nurses Worldwide,” recognizing that emergency nurses courageously stand at the front line of emergency care every day. Be sure to thank an emergency nurse today – and every day.
By Ginger Wirth, RN
I recently had the pleasure of being on a call that discussed provider burnout – from nurses to doctors to advanced practice providers and anyone else who “provides” care for patients and their families. The speaker, Dan Smith, MD, Studer Group® coach, national speaker, and practicing emergency department physician, talked about the importance of taking care of ourselves, which really resonated with me.
The delivery of healthcare is frequently a juggling act. As providers, we have to balance the clinical care we provide with the compassionate care we share, balanced with our internal beliefs and past experiences. At times these may be in conflict, but those truly dedicated to caring for the patients push much of that aside and do all they believe is right at the time to deliver the best possible care and outcomes for the ones we are caring for.
Clinicians have the “clinical” piece “down to a science” and are able to postulate a care plan or diagnosis easily, as most of us are “unconsciously skilled” when it comes to the medicine. It can frequently be the emotional side of caring for patients or even their families that throw us for a loop. Those in emergency medicine can attest that those feelings frequently get pushed to the side while we are in the thick of it and often are forgotten and never truly dealt with. We need to do better and take better care of ourselves.
3 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself
Three areas where we can make a significant improvement in how we deal with these everyday stressors and take care of ourselves are fairly easy:
1. Sleep is Crucial - There are studies that show that those who are routinely sleep deprived, meaning getting less than 6 hours of sleep at night can have these physical effects:

  • Heart disease: Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. And to think that sleep deprivation plays some part in it boggles the mind.
  • Anger: Research has shown a correlation between hostility and increased sleep disturbance. So don't blow your stack; sleep on it instead!
  • Fatigue: Consider this—well over 100,000 car accidents in North America occur every year due to sleep deprivation. More than 6,000 fatalities. Sad, tragic, and unnecessary
  • Weight gain: Research shows a link between lack of sleep, weight gain, and obesity. Napping to lose weight? That works for me!
  • Anxiety: Recent research suggests that sleep deprivation can cause anxiety, fear and worry.
  • Blood sugar: Researchers have discovered a connection between sleep deprivation and diabetes, in particular, type 2 diabetes.
  • High blood pressure: Studies have shown that people who sleep less than six hours a night have a significantly higher risk for high blood pressure.
  • Illness: Infections and weaker immune system
  • Frustration with life: Perhaps this is why alcohol and drug abuse are signs of sleep deprivation.
  • Irritability
  • Memory issues, including reduced cognitive function, decreased mental sharpness, lack of focus and drive
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased pain
  • Shortened life expectancy
  • Inflammation (a factor in numerous diseases, including certain types of cancer) 

2. Exercise is so Important!
  • The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week, 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.
    • Use some of the latest tools: Pedometers/trackers like Fitbit, Apple watch, Jawbone, Ped, Omron or Garmin. Most have apps that you can share with friends and challenge each other, which make the experience much more fun.
  • Decreases anxiety and stress
  • Helps control your weight
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduces your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles
  • Improves your mental health and mood
  • Improves your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increases your chances of living longer 

3. Healthy eating - Remember we get out what we put in!
  • There is a balance to eating. Most days, eat from each food group: grains, protein, vegetables and fruits, and dairy. Listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.
  • Variety is the spice of life (literally). Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. Pick a recipe from that cookbook you bought on sale. You might find a new favorite. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need. Use different spices to vary the taste of even your favorite foods.
  • Everything in moderation! We say that for most things in life, and food is no different. Don't choose too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. Even sweets can be okay. 

One of the most important takeaways from this is BALANCE. As healthcare professionals, it’s just as important that we balance our own lives and health just like we balance the care we provide each and every day. We deliver better care when we feel better ourselves. We make the difference in the lives we touch with every encounter, every day! Let’s give them and ourselves our very best! Next steps from here: Take a walk, eat a carrot and then take a good long nap!

Ginger Wirth, RN, joined EmCare in 2013 as a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for the Alliance Group. Her goal is to make positive changes in healthcare by helping others focus on quality, excellence, and the overall patient experience. Wirth regards her role as Director of Clinical Services as the ideal opportunity to partner with nursing, physician and facility leaders to make positive changes to the entire patient care experience. Her 20-plus year nursing career has been dedicated to quality and excellence, promoting overall positive outcomes and safety for patients.