A Call To Action

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?



  1. The following was my message sent to Senator Vitter, Senator Landrieu and Representative Richmond of my home state of Louisiana; I urge each of you to do the same!!!!

    While it is admirable that Louisiana Ranks 3rd in the nation in disaster preparedness; we’re pitiful in all other categories dropping in every catergory…except two where we stayed at (C) and (F); even in disaster preparedness we dropped from (A) to (B+). This is completely unacceptable and I humbly request your assistance to pave the wave for change in this area. You and I both know that our Great State and the Citizens of Louisiana deserve and are much better than this study portrays. There is absolutely no reason that we can be excellent across the board in every category the same way that we are in emergency prearedness. In closing, I want to again request your help and please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information or assistance that I may provide; my time and talents are at your service!

    Sincerely Yours,
    Michael D. Gary Sr., RN
    2014 Louisiana ENA President-Elect

  2. Kansas is actively working a House of Rep. Bill!!!We want to join the great ranks of other states!

    Please watch Kansas HB 2526.
    We want a YES vote!
    KS ENA and supporters will provide written and oral testimony to Corrections committee. This hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10th, 2014.
    Our coalition (EMS, Fire, medical, nurses, healthcare students, social workers, hospital associations-21 groups represented!) is ready to go!
    Will keep you all updated.

    Julie Unruh, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL
    2014 Kansas ENA Govt. Affairs Chair

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