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).


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