PUBLISHED: 5:23 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Bartlett Regional Hospital recognizes staff during Emergency Nurses Week
There may be nothing more terrifying than an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room. Juneau and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have such dedicated and highly-trained staff in our region to care for us when we face an emergent illness or injury requiring immediate treatment.

This year, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) celebrated Emergency Nurses Week October 5-11. Emergency Nurses Day was Oct. 8.

photo courtesy of Bartlett Regional Hospital
  Emergency Department Comrades in Arms: Pictured from left, Jill Robinson, Nathan Peimann, Kathy Kartchner, Maria Polyviou, Melody Burns, Laura Stats and Dale Erickson.
This year's theme, "Emergency Nurses...Simply the Best!" reflects the dedication of emergency nurses in the United States and around the world.

At Bartlett's Emergency Department, patients suffer from everything between stubbed toes to severed limbs. And while the Emergency Department staff is able to handle nearly all of the cases here in Juneau, the staff is prepared to stabilize patients for transport for services not available in our community. Last year, Bartlett's Emergency Department treated 14,299 patients with only 143 of those patients needed to be transported outside of Juneau.

Emergency Department staffs are required to hold ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification. Several of the staff also hold additional certifications as CEN's (Certified Emergency Nurse), TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum) and ENPC (Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course) certifications.

The Emergency Department, open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, is staffed by RN's who are supported by CNA/Unit Clerks and other support staff from departments around the facility.

"It definitely takes a team to care for our friends and neighbors from Juneau and the surrounding communities," said Dale Erickson, RN and nurse manager for Emergency Services. "We are fortunate to work with so many excellent staff."

Bartlett contracts with JEMA (Juneau Emergency Medical Association) a Juneau-based physician group - many of whom are Board certified in Emergency Medicine - to provide physician services for the department. There are also mid-level providers (advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants) who work with the physicians to expedite patient care during high volume periods.

The nurses of Bartlett Regional Hospital's E.D. recognize that emergency nursing isn't for everyone. But if considering a career in nursing, keep in mind that emergency nursing offers professional challenges in a very dynamic work environment with autonomy and close collaboration with doctors while providing care to a wide variety of patient populations.

Since 1989, the Emergency Nurses Association has celebrated the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day, a day set aside to honor emergency nurses for their commitment to patient care. Starting in 2001, ENA expanded the celebration to devote an entire week to honoring emergency nurses because one day is simply not enough to recognize all the contributions made by emergency nurses.

For more information on emergency nursing or Emergency Nurses Week, please visit or the Emergency Nurses Association Web site at

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 34,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education.