The Emergency Room nurses of the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) will join with the International Community of Emergency Nurses to celebrate Emergency Nurses Week from 11th -17th October under the theme “When Seconds Count, Count on ER Nurses”.
The Director of Nursing Services Mrs. Gretchen Hodge-Penn stated “Our ER Nurses play an important role to the BVIHSA. They are the first face seen by the concerned patients and their families when they arrive to our institution. In this fast paced and high energy unit they have to balance calm and competence. It is that first impression that our patients and families remember and depend on from these gifted professionals. This is not an easy job but they rise to the occasion every day. We are proud of our ER nurses and look forward to celebrating with them this week.”
ER Nursing Manager Ms. Angela Williams added, “We look forward to ER Nurses Week each year. It’s a time when we celebrate our accomplishments within the unit, which is always about saving lives. And we get the opportunity to schedule activities that train and inspire our dynamic team of nurses.”
The week began last Sunday with a church service held at the Huntum’s Ghut Church of God of Prophecy. Wednesday, 14th October marks the international observance for ER Nurses Week and the BVIHSA ER nurses will participate in a training seminar designed to strengthen skills and build team spirit. Other activities include a public outreach session in Peebles Hospital lobby, guest appearances on local radio talk shows, and the week will end with a health walk/run on 17th October.
The Emergency Room nurses at the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority treat patients that are experiencing trauma injury or other medical emergencies.