Emergency Nurses Week 11 -17 October

Monday, 12 October 2015
It could be a road accident, a cardiac arrest or a snake bite but being an emergency department nurse is always an adrenalin rush.

Portland District Health is this week celebrating Emergency Nurses Week by highlighting the hard work and dedication of its 23 emergency nurses who provide around-the-clock urgent care to the local community.

Emergency Department Nursing Unit Manager Deb Tozer said the nurses deserved special appreciation.

"We all have a passion for treating patients at their most vulnerable times," Ms Tozer said.

"To be able to give people care when they most need it and then see the difference straight away is a very satisfying experience, she said.

"Emergency nurses make a huge difference to sick, injured and even dying people every day, offering vital assistance and support."

Ms Tozer said every day could be an adrenalin rush for emergency nurses, and you had to be prepared for all sorts of cases.

"At Portland we see about 600 people each month. We cover all types of emergencies, from road, farm and industrial accidents to cardiac arrests, mental health issues, snake bites and sports injuries," she said.

"We cover the same issues as a major city emergency department, but we do send a person to specialist centres if more advanced clinical expertise is needed."

PDH's 23 emergency nurses work on a rotational seven day roster to ensure care is available when needed.

They also keep up to date with current emergency nursing trends and have special training in advanced life support and trauma care.

The unit is also taking part in a pilot online education program.

Emergency Nurses Week originated in Australia in 1989 and Emergency Nurses Day is celebrated on October 14 this year and follows the theme 'celebrating the courage of nurses worldwide.

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