CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Sulphur Springs is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week Oct. 6-12. Since 1989, the Emergency Nurses Association has recognized the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day, a day honoring emergency nurses for their commitment to patient care. In 2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses, because one day is not enough to recognize all the contributions made by emergency nurses, the association stated.
ER nursing is a field that is unlike any other, and it takes a special nurse to excel at it. An ER nurse must have all the skills and knowledge of a good nurse along with the critical thinking skills to respond to an ever-changing environment. They must be able to care for any patient who comes into the ER regardless of age, race, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ethnic background. In addition, they support patients’ loved ones at some of the most traumatic times in their lives.
CHRISTUS in Sulphur Springs employs 25 nurses who work each day to “Extend the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ” to each patient served. In the past year, the ER nurses have touched the lives of approximately 22,000 patients. Of those:
• 2,895 were admitted to the hospital,
• 3,960 were trauma activations,
• 999 were transferred out to a
higher level of care, and
• The average arrival to provider
exam time was 18 minutes.
“Our ER nurses are an invaluable asset to our hospital and to the community,” CHRISTUS stated in a release. “If you know an ER nurse, please take some time to appreciate what they do. If you are a nurse who works in the Emergency Department yourself, know that you are appreciated!”