As you may be aware, this week the American College of Emergency Physicians published “America’s Emergency Care Environment” State Report Card. At first glance, it’s not good news. Overall, as a nation we received a D+, with access to emergency care receiving the lowest grade of a D-.
As emergency nurses, access to emergency care, quality/patient safety, public health/injury prevention, and disaster preparedness are all essential components of our practice. I urge all of you to read the report. Focus not only on the state in which you live, but where we are as a nation. This is a time for us to identify opportunities for improvement in all aspects of emergency care. This report is full of opportunities for emergency nurses to advocate for safe practice and safe care. How does your state measure up? Are you surprised at your state’s rating? How can our members can step up and improve the emergency care environment for the patients we serve?