St. Anthony Summit Medical Center's emergency nurses are ready for anything, and collectively, have more training on average than their peers.
Nationally, there are 180,000 emergency nurses, about 15 percent of which have gotten their Certified Emergency Nurse certification, a test available to registered nurses which indicates advanced knowledge and skills to care for patients in emergency situations. At St. Anthony Summit, 62 percent of the 21 registered nurses are certified.
"I think it shows our nurses' dedication," said Jill Boyle, director of emergency services at the hospital. "I personally am very proud to be working with such highly motivated and dedicated nurses."
Sunday marks the beginning of Emergency Nurses Week, and in Summit County, Boyle said her department will be celebrating with small gifts, free meals for those who are working on Wednesday - which marks Emergency Nurses Day - and a possible staff night out next week.
The week and special day is "a recognition of emergency nurses throughout the United States," Boyle said. "We're prepared to deal with anything that walks through the door ... anything from a finger laceration to a major trauma to an accident."
The nurses at St. Anthony are very dedicated to their community - three have more than 30 years experience with Centura Health (St. Anthony is a Centura Health facility), two have more than 20 years, and five have made it to the teens.
"(There are) lots of nurses that have been here awhile serving our community," Boyle said.
And patients seem to recognize that dedication. Over the last three years, the hospital has maintained a 98 percent ranking of overall patient satisfaction on the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers survey - "another reason to celebrate the dedicated staff," Boyle said.