September 11 Remembered…

Yesterday was September 11th and as I sat watching the morning news with my morning coffee I tried to remember back to what I was doing… I remember I was at work as the event unfolded and a group of us watched the TV to follow … WOW that was 14 years ago…

My youngest child was only eleven… now I have a granddaughter…time goes on too quickly.

Time has definitely changed from eleven years ago and to watch the news very little was mentioned about the event that influenced changes around the world…the news seeming to concentrate on Presidential candidates and their political banter of how each one is the best for the job…but say very little on how they will change to influence the nation’s progress.

Being a leader is not an easy position to be in but being able to influence and guide progress and a move forward is truly a rewarding feeling…you remember you are leading ALL members, ALL groups, ALL people involved for ONE purpose…progress and moving forward.

So as I remember September 11th, I take a moment to remember those that were lost, my thoughts and prayers to those families that experienced a lost that day…my thoughts and prayers to those that choose to dedicate their lives to keep all of us safe… here and abroad…I thank you and I pray that you will stay safe too…Sandi

Sandi Tetler, RN, BSN
2015 NYS ENA President

Summertime

Are you ready for Summer?

Are you ready for Summer?

The summer season has begun and over this past weekend remnants of the Fourth of July can be heard in the distance as I can hear the loud crackle of a firework. What I love about the summer season is the weekend barbeques, camping, days at the beach, and time with my granddaughter. But in the ED we may not look so favorably to this season for two reasons… Trauma season and “new resident season”.

This time of year can be the busiest season of the year and with the recent news reports throughout the nation… this trauma season may be one of the worse. Our world is changing before our eyes and it is far from the life that was lived in the 1776 when our nation was born…but we still turn to the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights to guide us, and remember their original intent.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men{and women} are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence 1776

In a “patriotic” sense, NYS ENA will be preparing their delegates to attend General Assembly that will take place during the national conference, Emergency 2015, in Orlando, Florida, September 28th to October 3rd. 2015 ENA General Assembly is an opportunity to have your voice heard not only to the association’s Board of Director but nationally to other ED nursing colleagues. This year the format has changed so that in-depth discussions with fellow ENA colleagues will occur regarding clinical practice issues that affect the emergency nursing profession. The hope is to ensure that ENA is being responsive to its members and maintains its focus for the future ENA vision, mission and strategic goals to meet the needs of both the membership and the profession. For a more in-depth look at Emergency 2015 schedule you can check out the June/July issue of ENA Connection or the ENA website at

    https://www.ena.org/Pages/default.aspx

As you pursue, “Life , Liberty, and your Happiness” this summer. Enjoy your summer, your vacation be safe and use your sunscreen… and if you have to work during trauma season and endure new residents… remember we were all new once…so stay positive, stay cool and remember a shift only lasts between 8-12 hours and after all you are ED nurses… ED super heroes you’ve got this. Thank you for being you…Sandi

PS. Next State quarterly meeting is in Suffern at the Crowne Plaza, August 1, 8am-4:30 all are welcome, see you then.

Happy Nurses Week

This week, May 6th to May 12th is National Nurse’s week. Although we will be celebrating National Emergency Nurse’s week on October 11th to the 17th,, it’s time to celebrate not just Emergency nursing, but all nurses. NYS ENA would like to thank ALL of you for what you do every day!! A registered nurse today has so many opportunities. Nurses just don’t work in hospitals but provide care and education in physicians’ primary care offices, urgent care health centers, nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities, and serve in the military here at home and abroad. They also serve as professors in nursing schools and consultants for lawyers and even television shows. This year’s American Nurses Association’s theme is “Ethical Practice, Quality Care.” The ANA “recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.” As changes take place within the healthcare environment, nurses are faced with challenges to provide safe compassionate care at all times. It is by our “Code of Ethics” that we not only practice by but also by which we live. The NYS ENA joins other nursing organizations in the celebration and appreciation that you bring to the bedside of the patients that your care for. Continue to be passionate about your practice. Be good to yourself and your peers, not only this week but always. Celebrate your triumphs! Thank you for being you…a nurse.

National Nurses Week, May 6th -12th, 2015

This week, May 6th to May 12th is National Nurse’s week. Although we will be celebrating National Emergency Nurse’s week on October 11th to the 17th,, it’s time to celebrate not just Emergency nursing, but all nurses. NYS ENA would like to thank ALL of you for what you do every day!!

A registered nurse today has so many opportunities. Nurses just don’t work in hospitals but provide care and education in physicians’ primary care offices, urgent care health centers, nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities, and serve in the military here at home and abroad. They also serve as professors in nursing schools and consultants for lawyers and even television shows.

This year’s American Nurses Association’s theme is “Ethical Practice, Quality Care.” The ANA “recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.”

As changes take place within the healthcare environment, nurses are faced with challenges to provide safe compassionate care at all times. It is by our “Code of Ethics” that we not only practice by but also by which we live. The NYS ENA joins other nursing organizations in the celebration and appreciation that you bring to the bedside of the patients that your care for.

Continue to be passionate about your practice. Be good to yourself and your peers, not only this week but always. Celebrate your triumphs!
Thank you for being you…a nurse.

A time for renewal, rebirth, and re-energize.

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NYS ENA annual conference “Setting the Pace” is just a week away… I can’t believe its April already and I promised to get this done. I love this time of year as the snow from the winter finally melts and spring starts to show through with little crocuses and daffodils begin their early bloom. A time for renewal, rebirth, and re-energize.

I am sure not all of you celebrate Easter, but I am sure that you welcome spring. With the beginning of Spring, we look at it as a time for rebirth and a time to refocus on the rest of the year to come. NYS ENA has been doing the same. This year we are excited about the annual conference that will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY at the Holiday Inn on April 16-17th. We will be celebrating 45 years of Emergency Nursing of the NYS ENA at the 35th Setting the Pace Conference. I always enjoy going to a conference. It recharges my passion for Emergency Nursing and helps me refocus on the things I need to work on. I always return to work and speak to my co-workers about something new I learned or saw while at the conference. It’s still not too late to plan your attendance. There are always a few who register at the door. Our 2nd quarterly meeting will be on the Saturday following the conference. If you have never attended a council meeting I hope you can stay over and see what we are all about. Everyone is welcome. We encourage new people to get involve. I hope to see you there.

With the coming of spring, it’s time to wake from winter’s sleep and get re-focused and re-energized and become re-engaged in your profession. It’s exciting to hear that chapters: Adirondack and Mid Hudson are getting on track. As for the council, the committees have regrouped and are recharged for action. There are plans for a CPEN class and an Injury Prevention Workshop on July 31 in Suffern and a CEN class on November 6th in Middletown. National elections will be in June and then off to Orlando Florida on September 28th- October 3rd for the National Conference and General Assembly.

Several new committees have been formed and are still getting their feet wet and just starting to build momentum.
These are: Advance Practice Group, Behavioral Health Group, Research Committee, IQSIP (Injury Prevention), Strategic Planning.

NYS ENA is passionate about Emergency Nursing and we are here for you, as an active resource to address issues of concern at the patient’s bedside, the nurse’s work environment and the individual ED nurse’s practice. I encourage you to re-energize and nurture your inner nurse-self.
I hope to see you in Saratoga and until next time I leave you with this one thought:
“I can’t’ change the world alone, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” Mother Theresa
Sandi

Happy New Year!!!

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Here we are, at the end of 2014. Does time go faster when you are older or does it just seem that way? The year has flown by: state conference in April, 5K, national elections, Ebola crisis, National Conference, state elections, and here we are again, at the end of the year. NYS Council is already working on projects for 2015; Sandi has officers and committee chairs all in place.

Several Chapters are working very hard to remain viable, cheers to them for realizing that their local chapter is important and does need to continue. There are new (and younger) faces at every council meeting and that is as it should be. Our replacements are the life blood of our organization, just as they are the life blood of their departments.

I must be feeling nostalgic today, recalling my beginnings in Emergency Nursing back in the 70s when every ambulance arrival necessitated a quick run to the BR (that adrenalin spurt you know) even if the patient was not acute. Wearing gloves for anything but sterile procedures and cleaning stool was unheard of (hence my hep b + status) and the crash cart was a drawer in the cupboard. Appendicitis was recognized by a good abdominal exam and the WBC diff, not the CT.

God bless Anita and Judy for realizing that we, emergency nurses, are a breed apart and making the effort to organize. They are both gone now and we are left to carry on their vision for our specialty. Encourage your colleagues to attend chapter meetings, let’s put the 911 Fund over the top and get more of our membership involved in ENA. Let 2015 be a banner year for NYS ENA !

This is global warming?

snow

My heart goes out to Buffalo and all it’s people who have been inundated with snow this last week and now the threat of flooding. We only had 8 inches here and it’s all gone this AM with temps in the high 40s. I hope the nurses who were stranded at home have now been able to get out to relieve their peers who were stranded at work. I think we need to be more concerned with weather issues in our disaster planning rather than issues we may never see.

I have been making weekly trips, with Eevee, to PA to visit my dad who is in hospice there. I now know I could never drive long distances for a living. Boring to say the least and I ran out of recorded books half way home today, will have to hit the library in the AM. And I will never understand how gas can be $2.92 in PA and $3.29 just over the border. Do they have to haul it further? I know, I know it’s the NYS taxes, why are we all still here?

I am trying to dig up some spirit for Christmas but seem to be scroogie this year. I was caught unprepared when the snow came last week and had now birdseed to put out. If I had wanted to go out that is. Have fixed that today so since it’s going to be in the 50s tomorrow will get the feeders up and suet out ready for the next storm. Hope it’s not going to do this all winter: a foot of snow, melt, then do it all over again.

Enough for now, I don’t think anyone reads this thing anyway, better luck to Sandi next year. See you in a few weeks…..G

The end is in sight

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Only 6 weeks until I become Past-President of NYS ENA.  Where did the year go?  I never thought I would have difficulty communicating, but this blog is one thing I will not miss.  I read several when we were setting this up, just to see what ‘blogging’ was actually about; I still don’t know.  I just sit here and go on about whatever comes into my head.  Sometimes it’s pertinent, lots of time it’s not.  I have certainly bent your ear about things which interest me, maybe not you.  Right now, I have been reflecting on the last year.  I think we have accomplished some things, with plans for much more in 2015.  Mid Hudson members are making a stalwart attempt to get themselves back together; the 9/11 fund is over 60K, conference will be back in Saratoga next year and not least of all, I hope everyone had some fun while getting the work done.  After next month, this spot will be Sandi’s to have fun with.  See you next month.    Ginnie

A sunny Saturday in October, here in Middletown enjoying the 4th quarter NYS ENA council meeting.  Good attendance today with one visitor, David Greenberg pres-elect from NJ.  Trying to get business as well as orientation of new officers, installation of officers for 2015 and various other stuff accomplished.  We had an extensive discussion on what facilities are doing to prep for Ebola.  Since the CDC and DOH are changing their recommendations almost daily it’s difficult to keep up.  So far facilities seem to be managing the few pts who have presented well.  I think there is more fear on the part of non healthcare workers as to contact and ability to pass on the virus than for HIV which has similar risk factors: contact w/blood and body fluids.  A work in progress.

who’d have thought

ebola

 

Remember back in the 80’s when HIV/AIDs first came to light?  Everyone was so paranoid but with education, good infection control practices and PPE we were prepared for safe practice, safe care.  Here we are again, with the Ebola virus now in the US and seeming to spread, once more being fearful.  According to the CDC, Ebola is passed only with direct contact with body fluids-blood, stool, urine, saliva-and must be in contact with mucous membranes or an open wound.  Every hospital has infection control equipment; everyone has been fitted for a mask or the dreaded PAPR.  We have practiced at least yearly  donning and doffing the gown/mask etc.  BUT do we really practice what we preach?  Are we really as concientious as we could be about infection control.  Many of the diseases we wear that equipment for- TB, pertussis, even HIV- are either cureable or at least manageable today.  Thus far there is no cure for Ebola, only treatment of the symptoms.  For this reason especially we need to be aware of our PPE use, hand washing, and control of products used in the care of our patients.  As we continue to prepare to care for our patients, remember to care for yourself-wear the PPE appropriately, remove the PPE appropriately as taught and you will have ‘safe practice, safe care’ . Ginnie

 

on the road again

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Here I am with ENA friends from Genesee Valley Chapter in not-so-sunny Indianapolis, waiting for General Assembly and Scientific Assembly to begin for 2014. This year conference is coincidently National ENA Week. What a great chance to celebrate ourselves with friends old and new and learn at the same time. To those who could not come this week, I wish you a Happy ENA Week, hope you have fun with whatever your facility has planned to honor your hard work and dedication and hope you can be in Orlando with us next year.

I am looking forward to The BOD meeting tomorrow as well as the town meeting which follows. ENA has made many changes this last year, some in response to issues raised at last GA, and some just because it was time. I wish more members could come to GA to watch our association in action, making changes to bylaws and enacting policy which reflects ENA values and ideas on subjects from prescription med abuse to standardization of emergency codes nationwide. We are back on the east coast in 2015,  so begin planning and saving now to come. You will not be disappointed in the GA or in the educational offerings and fun things planned by the Foundation for our enjoyment. Ginnie