Nursing Leadership & Practice Committee mission:

  1. To monitor and address issues affecting professional nursing practice, specifically including, but not limited to, issues related to all areas of emergency nursing practice and emergency nursing standards;
  2. To utilize the experience and expertise of the members of the Committee to provide information, education and training to the California Emergency Nurses Association (Cal ENA) membership; and
  3. To establish a liaison with and serve as a resource to other ENA committees and interested individuals or groups in order to address professional issues.

Committee Chair: Julie Rossie

Committee Report to State Council

March 2017
March committee meeting discussion topics included 1) review of Leg Day from the prior day 2) discussion Assembly Bill 909 public access to trauma kit; Assembly Bill 419 prohibiting prescription of oxycodone to patients under 21 years old; and Senate Bill 562 intent to enact legislation for single-payer health care and 3) articles in the news. Attendees to Leg Day reported a very informative and productive day. The provided biographies of representatives were very helpful in identifying key talking points. We reviewed and discussed the above bills and provided feedback to Government Affairs Committee. Attendees requested an update on the response of the use of vertical treatment space survey presented at the January meeting. Julie Rossie provided an update. The following articles in the news were reviewed and discussed: Rising number of kids ill from drinking hand sanitizers. https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/poisons-health-news-537/rising-number-of-kids-ill-from-drinking-hand-sanitizers-cdc-720300.html Hand sanitizers have become more commonly available in homes and schools. The CDC reports that older children (aged 6-12) more likely report intentional ingestion due to the alcohol content. From 2011-2014, 70,669 hand sanitizer exposures in children under the age of 12. Ingestion was associated most commonly with vomiting and eye irritation, but a small number of cases resulted in coma or seizures. Emergency Department visits for suicidal thoughts more than doubled in 7 years. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/quality/emergency-department-visits-suicidal-thoughts-more-doubled-7-years# From 2006 to 2013, ED visits related to suicidal ideation increased from 0.4% to 1%. The primary behavioral health conditions associated with suicidal thoughts were mood disorders, substance-related disorders, alcohol-related disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. In 2013, 71% of the visits for suicidal ideation resulted in admission compared to 19% of all other ED visits. Length of stay increased from 5.1 days in 2006 to 5.6 days in 2013. 8 technologies poised to disrupt US healthcare in 2017 and beyond. http://hitconsultant.net/2017/02/14/37429/ Technologies discussed included artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain, drones, internet of things, robots, virtual reality and 3D printing. Automated triage nurse of the future.https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/meet-the-automated-triage-nurse-of-the-future/ Discussion of development of an automated triage nurse that allows the patient to registered with an identification card, record their blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and weight. The intake information is electronically routed to the physician’s computer. Future plans are to include the ability to upload patient’s glucometer information.

November 11, 2016 attendees: California Leadership in Practice Committee Attendees: Kathy Van Dusen, Mark Wandro, Christine Marshall, Susan Laverty, Lark Boyer, Flora Tomyasu.

Discussion Topics: Coming to an EMS Agency near you: Mobile Stroke Units (MSU)- American Heart Association Article “Establishing the First Mobile Stroke Unit in the United States The group discussed the AHA article on Mobile Stroke Units. Many felt that due to the cost that funding would be difficult in many areas of the state. It is interesting to note that only 1% of stroke patients in the US receive TPA within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital. EMSA redefining destination criteria for stroke patients – identifying patients that should go directly to a comprehensive Stroke Center. The group discussed the difference between a primary and comprehensive stroke designation.

Election results: Recreational Marijuana- passed. Gun Control- passed. Healthcare and Dug Prices- did not pass. Tobacco Tax- passed.
Clinical practice issues open forum: Ideas for resolutions or bylaw changes for general assembly. These are due by March 1, 2017. One idea was a nurse driven protocol for the treatment of anxiety that was presented at the educational day on 11-10-16.

If you have practice issues you would like discussed at General Assembly, please e-mail the committee chair. The committee will work to submit them to National for consideration.

Please see the Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing document and Resolution. Across the state the ED’s have been asked to use the document in one of two ways:

  • Some ED’s are giving it out to all patients at discharge
  • Some ED’s are giving out to selected patients at discharge

I would encourage you to bring this flyer to your ED leadership and consider how it can be used in your organization.

Kathy Van Dusen, RN MSN CEN CPEN

Committee Meeting Minutes