In October, Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., celebrated National Emergency Nurses Day with a hands-on learning opportunity for individuals involved in emergency care.
More than 75 RNs, CNAs, LPNs, medical residents and staff from the Hopfer School of Nursing and Schaffer Extended Care Center learned about new approaches and equipment to support emergency care at different stations. ED Assistant Nurse Care Coordinator Lisa Maltese, RN, and Nurse Care Coordinator Angela Gourchane, RN, ensured the event offered all aspects of life-saving emergency care and treatment. The educational event included a number of presentations, including one on drug overdoses by the Director of the Department of Emergency Services Joseph Ponticiello, MD; post-op bariatric complications by Nurse Practitioner Roberta Wright, RN, of the Bariatric Center; and the latest in eye emergency care by Ophthalmologist Paul Mignone, MD.Sound Shore Medical Center nurses, from left, Liza Maltese, RN, ED assistant nurse care coordinator, and Angela Gourchane, RN, nurse care coordinator, organized the centers Emergency Nurses Day educational event.
The participants reviewed best practices and participated in hands-on demonstrations on the latest in trauma, chest tubes, ports, EZ-IO IV access, therapeutic hypothermia, temporary pace makers, respiratory therapy, rapid sequence incubation, drug overdose, bariatric post-op complications and emergency eye care. Also, a representative from Covidien demonstrated his companys latest ventilator technology. As a respiratory therapist and certified trainer, he engaged the staff and demonstrated the high-tech ventilators advantages for staff and patients.
While SSMC celebrated Emergency Nurses Day, the role of our emergency nurses is one that is vital to healthcare and makes a difference 24/7, 365 days a year, John R. Spicer, president and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center, said in a news release.