When people take a trip to the emergency department, any time of day or night, they are most likely glad when their emergency department (ED) nurses are kind, caring, compassionate, and an expert in emergency care. This year's theme of Emergency Nurses Week, "Every Patient + Every Time = Making a Difference," reflects the type of dedication it takes to make that happen.
Mount Nittany Medical Center is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week from Oct. 7 - 13 to let the ED nurses know that they make a difference to those who visit the emergency department. On Oct. 10, Emergency Nurses Day, the ED nurses will be honored with a catered lunch on all three shifts. Special posters featuring the photos of our emergency nurses will be displayed throughout the ED and the hospital. "Providing a face to the excellent care that these nurses provide everyday helps the patients and our visitors to recognize that quality care comes from personal attention," said Helene Shanahan, clinical supervisor of the emergency department.
In June, the emergency department at Mount Nittany Medical Center opened the first phase of the new ED. This expansion and renovation project added state of the art rooms to provide excellence in patient care. By mid 2013, the final phase will have created an expansion totaling more than 56,000 square feet.
"This expansion offers new opportunities for experienced emergency department nurses. We are excited to recruit nurses with a passion in emergency nursing to serve our community," said Nancy Mutch, RN, MSN, administrative director, emergency department and critical care services.