Feature| Volume 18, ISSUE 4, P395-403, August 2020

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What Emergency Nurses Told Us About Their Impact on Outcomes and the Biggest Challenges They Face


      As part of the 2019 Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nursing Workforce Survey, nurses practicing across the emergency spectrum described their biggest challenges and recounted examples of when they or an emergency, trauma or transport nurse colleague made an important impact on a human, medical or operational outcome. Their frank, constructive and compelling responses offer nurse leaders and administrators a unique window into what nurses caring for emergent patients need to succeed and how they impact outcomes. This article presents 10 top themes from the impact and challenges data, features verbatim open-ended responses, and highlights select quantitative data from this expansive, first ever research.
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      Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC, is executive director at the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) in Oak Brook, Illinois, and board president at the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), in Birmingham, Alabama. She can be reached at [email protected]