2018 ENA Today

Sep. 29

  • Attendees in WonderlandEmergency nurses let their passion shine through Thursday night at the annual conference welcome party – Neon Nights. Draped in neon or black light-friendly white, attendees danced the night away to the new-wave stylings of party cover band The Spazmatics, all while raising money for the ENA Foundation. More
  • Innovative Fast-Track Format a HitThe fast-track sessions returned to Emergency Nursing 2018 with a value-add – attendees could select their own adventure from their session-room chairs. At each designated start time, three presenters delivered talks simultaneously, while attendees listened along through headsets, toggling between each as desired with the press of a button. More
  • Treating Transgender Patients in the EDOpen-mindedness, professionalism and tact can go a long way when caring for transgender patients or, really, any identified group within society. More
  • Human Trafficking: ED Nurses on the Front LineWith human trafficking remaining a nationwide, multibillion-dollar criminal industry, the ED is one of the few places where the lives of trafficking victims intersect with the general population. As such, emergency nurses have a unique opportunity to help victims. More
  • Austin to Host ENA in 2019It’s never too early to start planning for Emergency Nursing 2019, and ENA is helping attendees do just that. More
  • We Are Human, After All“The No. 1 rule in nursing school is don’t make a mistake. But we are human, after all. We make mistakes,” said Al Duke, who presented “If ‘To Err Is Human,’ Why Am I in Trouble?” In the Friday session, Duke shared wisdom about organizational culture gleaned from malpractice claims he has reviewed. More
  • Making Sense of the MistakesEven the most seasoned emergency nurse will sometimes encounter an unexpected outcome. But emergency nurses can increase patient safety by openly debriefing and problem-solving when patient care does not go as planned. More
  • Authors Shine Through PostersEmergency nurses create ePosters for ENA’s annual conference to share what they learned on the job in their emergency departments. The posters at Emergency Nursing 2018 showcased the breadth of that knowledge, covering everything from violence in the workplace to HIV. More
  • Assessing Suicide Risk in TriageEmergency nurses are often the first health care providers to interact with patients, so they need the necessary skills to identify, assess and treat suicide-risk patients. And considering an estimated 12 percent of patients presenting to the ED annually are there because of suicidality and self-harm, the need has never been greater. More

Sep. 28

  • Opening Session Wows AudienceOpening a conference like Emergency Nursing 2018 is no small task, but planners were up to the challenge. A dramatic video traced the yearlong journey of ENA lanterns across the United States, and around the world, before arriving in Pittsburgh. More
  • In the Trenches of the Opioid CrisisThere’s often more to drug addiction than just bad choices. Understanding the pathophysiology and the neurobiology of adverse childhood events and drug addiction can help emergency nurses be more empathetic to patients caught in the opioid epidemic that has gripped the country. More
  • Preparing for a Potential Mass Casualty IncidentWhen white nationalist Richard Spencer announced he would give a talk on Oct. 19, 2017, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, UF Health emergency department staff carefully considered how to prepare for the potentially volatile event that could result in a mass casualty incident. In a 5 p.m. session today, speaker Wendy Swan will share how she and her colleagues at the north-central Florida Level 1 trauma center and ED got ready to care for whatever injuries could surface during the clash between thousands of supporters and counter protesters.  More
  • Should You Ask About Firearms?Lisa Wolf, the director of ENA’s Institute of Emergency Nursing Research, on Thursday, laid out the unvarnished results of a survey that suggests as much as two thirds of emergency nurses don’t routinely ask if patients have or carry firearms. More
  • Fighting Health Care ViolenceWorkplace violence is all too common in health care, especially in emergency departments. So, it is critical emergency nurses take steps to help minimize incidences of violence in their interactions with patients.  More
  • When Disaster StrikesAn emergency department’s effectiveness during and in the aftermath of a natural disaster is proportional to its level of preparedness.  In a session this afternoon, attendees will learn how one northern California regional trauma center remained operational amid one of the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. More
  • Lessons Learned from 2017 Hurricane SeasonThe 2017 hurricane season tested emergency departments across the country. In a two-hour session this evening, a panel of disaster preparedness experts and emergency nurses will share their experiences before, during and after the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Southeastern Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, respectively. More
  • Know Your Role with a Prisoner PatientApproximately 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and it is not uncommon for them to need medical attention. But the care of the prisoner in a hospital setting can get complicated. Who is really in charge of the patient? That was one of the questions Catherine Hesse and Jana Du Bois of Dignity Health addressed in their Thursday session “Prisoner as Patient: Unlocking the Legalities.” More
  • Supporting Early Career Professionals at ENA18About a third of ENA members have fewer than five years’ experience in emergency nursing, and those newer to the field have unique needs. ENA is happy to help in many ways, including with the Emerging Professionals Lunch this afternoon that promises to provide valuable insight into the potential newer nurses’ professional and ENA careers have and how to achieve it.  More
  • Learning Lab Lures AttendeesTo a packed plexiglass-enclosed classroom on the exhibit floor Thursday, critical care transport nurse Beverly VonGoerres enlightened close to 200 attendees on common obstetric cases that show up in the emergency department, including pre-eclampsia and seizures. More
  • Stopping the Life Force HemorrhageEmergency nurses shouldn’t accept burnout as their fate. That was the message from Mary Ann “Cammy” House-Fancher, the featured speaker during the annual Anita Dorr Memorial Lecture and Luncheon. With 45 years of experience, Fancher addressed what she calls the hemorrhaging of life force out of nurses during her talk, “Survive, Thrive or Prevail.” More

Sep. 27

  • APRNs Learn Hands-on at Pre-sessionThe number of individuals seeking advanced degrees in nursing has increased exponentially in recent years. So, it’s no surprise ENA has responded to the needs of advanced practice nurses with increased educational programming. More
  • Discover the ‘Fire Within’Allison Massari is no stranger to emergency care. As a survivor of two near-fatal car crashes, she has a unique story to tell today during her keynote address at the opening session. Her address, titled “The Fire Within,” describes the internal resilience required to overcome unimaginable adversity and highlights the role emergency nurses played in her recovery. More
  • SIM Wars is Back, BiggerSIM Wars is about to get real. The scenarios for the competition showcasing team-based collaboration and life-saving skills may be simulated, but the patients — and their portrayed loved ones — are live. More
  • Can’t-Miss Thursday SessionsIf trauma is the name of your game, Emergency Nursing 2018 has you covered. Don’t miss these Thursday sessions that run the gamut from general and geriatric trauma to pediatric mental health and critically ill newborns. More
  • Amish Health CareShe grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – the heart of Amish country – and the differing health care environments therein. Her knowledge of the community and her nursing career enabled her to pull back the curtain on how Amish patients are treated, during Wednesday’s session “Amish Health Care: Plain not Fancy.” More
  • Shattering the Six-hour StopwatchThe American Heart Association’s evidence-based guideline for the early management of patients with acute ischemic stroke covers the selection of eligible patients for endovascular therapy with a mechanical thrombectomy within six hours of what health care workers call the last known normal. More
  • Emcee Todd Thomas ReturnsThose who remember laughing, singing and dancing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis probably remember Conference Emcee Todd Thomas.  And great news: He’s in Pittsburgh and ready to entertain Emergency Nursing 2018 attendees with his spirited presence and dynamic dance moves. More
  • Save a Life, Ask the Question ‘Have You Been Strangled or Choked?’Non-fatal strangulation is a serious but often overlooked condition in the emergency department. Emergency nurses need to know the principles of the violent act so they are better able to identify and treat it in their emergency departments. More
  • Highlights of the Exhibit HallThere’s never a dull moment on the exhibit floor. Take a walk around and discover vendor booths, hands-on education, professional development and more.  More
  • Escaping a Mass Casualty IncidentDozens of attendees this week are spending time earnestly trying to get out of one session as quickly as possible. Participants of the Escape Room, an alternative to the full-scale mass casualty incident drills found in Emergency Nursing 2015 and 2017, will work against the clock to solve MCI-level patient scenarios. More
  • Hall of Honor Recognizes 2018 Award RecipientsHonoring all of the amazing accomplishments of ENA members is an important part of Emergency Nursing 2018. For this reason, the Hall of Honor is an area attendees shouldn’t miss. More
  • Explore the ENA ExperienceThe ENA Experience is your one-stop shop for everything ENA. Visit this area in the exhibit hall to do a variety of things related to ENA. More
  • New to Emergency Nursing 2018In addition to the more than 160 educational sessions, simulation activities and networking opportunities Emergency Nursing has to offer, there is always room for something new. This year, keep an eye out for these new additions. More