Emergency Nurses Week recognizes the unique value of emergency, ER, or trauma nurses. It always takes place the week surrounding Emergency Nurses Day, the second Wednesday in October each year.
These professionals focus on the immediate care of patients who require medical attention to avoid long-term disability or death. It is a complex role, treating the trigger event for the emergency visit as well as communicating with the patient, the families, and the care team.
This front line position is very people-centered, not only physically but emotionally too. People in emergency situations often feel distraught and upset. So, the emergency nurse must treat the emotions as well as the emergency medical issue. It can be chaotic, especially if the cause of the visit is a violent incident.
Emergency nurses are in demand. Not only is because there a growing demand for emergency health care, but also, there is a high turnover rate for emergency nurses. That’s why the latest employment trend in the field is for traveling, ER, or trauma nurse. They work for a traveling nursing agency that sends them around the country to live and work in a critical need area. A quick search on the Internet shows 17,000 openings for traveling emergency or trauma nurse.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY WEEK HISTORY
1989, the organization Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) has recognized the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day.
2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses.
HOW TO OBSERVE EMERGENCY NURSES WEEK
The week honors nurses who are often highly stressed by the chaotic and rushed environment in which they work.
- Write a thank you note to an emergency nurse or emergency nursing department that has helped you.
- Follow the exciting posts of Emergency Nursing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emergencynursing
- Follow Emergency Nursing Association on Twitter @ENAorg
- Read what it’s like to experience a day in the life of an emergency room nurse https://dailynurse.com/day-life-emergency-room-nurse/
- Invite an Emergency Nurse to speak to your power lunch, brown bag lunch, or service club.
- Look for then sign up with your local hospital or clinic’s emergency nursing department to participate in an injury prevention presentation.
- Host an injury prevention program with your local emergency nursing staff in your community.
- Use #emergencynursingweek, #ENWeek, or,#YouMakeADifference