ER Nurses at Oak Hill Go Extra Mile

Cathy Edmisten, Director of Emergency Services here at Oak Hill Hospital recently wrote this letter to the editor which was featured in the Tampa Bay Times. To see her letter online, visit this link.

Oak Hill Hospital celebrated emergency nurses week last week. This year's theme was "Every Patient + Every Time Making a Difference," which reflects our dedication to patients requiring emergency care.

Not only do we save the lives of people suffering trauma, heart attack and stroke, but we do offer more to our community to truly make a difference.

We hosted a group of home-schooled students, ages 8 to 15, on a tour of the services and treatments performed in an emergency department. We offered education on safety planning to prevent poisonings in the home, as well as viewing the X-ray of a special patient teddy bear that swallowed a penny. The students gave us a heartfelt thank you that made us feel special and appreciated.

We spent a day with the community at the annual health fair. We offered education on poison control, popcorn, a duck matching game with prizes, and bright and cheerful helium balloons. We spoke to many people of all ages and heard wonderful stories about how they have appreciated our emergency services.

Our emergency nurses have been recognized with accolades and awards for dedicating themselves to a higher level of professional commitment, to be the best that they can be. They have obtained their board certification in emergency nursing and received the first-ever Lantern Award given from the Emergency Nurses Association. As the only ER to require board certification and the only ER in Florida to receive the inaugural prestigious award, we can say to our community that we care about being the best.

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