Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. By Gillian Baker. October 3, 2014. BOONE, NC — Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week™. There are approximately 180,000 emergency nurses in the United States. We are fortunate to have 48 of those talented nurses working in the emergency rooms at Cannon Memorial Hospital and Watauga Medical Center.
This year, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is celebrating Emergency Nurses Week October 5-11. Emergency Nurses Day® is Wednesday, October 8. The theme, “Life Saving Hands,” recognizes that emergency nurses play an integral role in emergency departments, providing critical care when it’s most needed.
“The ARHS values of integrity, compassion and excellence are displayed every day as our emergency department nurses care for patients with serious physical and psychological conditions,” stated Kim Bianca, RN, Sr. VP Clinical Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “Our nurses excel by performing at the highest level of talent and skill as they treat patients in the fast-paced environment of the emergency department.”
Since 1989, the Emergency Nurses Association recognizes the second Wednesday in October as Emergency Nurses Day, a day honoring 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 contributions made by emergency nurses.
For more information about emergency services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (Cannon Memorial Hospital or Watauga Medical Center), visit www.apprhs.org/services/emergency-services.
For more information about the Emergency Nurses Association, please visit www.ena.org.