Chapter Report to State Council
Our April 17th Chapter Meeting featured a Multigenerational Nursing Panel who discussed challenges facing multigenerational nursing staff. We had a great turnout and robust discussion from attendees that represented FOUR generations of nurses. 5/29 – Job Skills Fair for New Grads & Nursing Students – This event will be held at Samuel Merritt University and provide guidance to newly graduated nurses and nursing students on how to best create winning resumes, cover letters, and successful interview strategies. We also plan to promote the student discount rate for ENA membership to recruit new members. 6/1 – EB ENA will have a booth at Concord Pride where we will teach Sidewalk CPR and support the LGBTQ+ community of the East Bay. 6/8 – Sick or not sick? That is the questions! ESI Demystified Class – 4 Hour CE class being offered in partnership with Allison Shuttleworth, MSN, RN, CEN of ExpeditionEd for a discounted rate to ENA members at Kaiser Oakland. Pride T-Shirt Fundraiser – Currently have a Pride T-shirt available for purchase with proceeds to be shared between EB ENA and the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, a resource center for the local LGBTQ+ community. Ongoing “I Heart ER Nursing” T-shirt Fundraiser – We continue to sell our now “classic” I Heart ER Nursing t-shirts to support our EB ENA Chapter.
Our last chapter meeting of 2017 was held at Kaiser Richmond. We had 10 attendees present for speaker, Angela Freitas, BA MS, Criminalist from Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, who presented Nursing Implication in Forensics. This was an interactive presentation, with many audience questions regarding forensics in the emergency department. Ms. Freitas also presented interesting case studies and how those cases impact the care in the emergency department. Charles Guerrero, from Chamberlain College of Nursing, gave a presentation about what services that Chamberlain College of Nursing provides for emergency nurses and higher levels of education. He sponsored the meeting with pizza, hot wings and cookies for dessert. The chapter discussed the 2018 election results, as well as National and State updates, and the need for a 2018 planning meeting. 2018 Election results: President: Michelle Redlo Immediate Past-President: Nancy Hiteshew President-Elect: Sarah Wells Treasurer: Louella Buell Secretary: Ginelle Rasch
On May 31, 2017, the East Bay Chapter welcomed Doug Crowhurst, from Thoratec/Abbott Medical, as he presented information on nursing management of left ventricular devices in the emergency department. 19 members attended, and Thoratec/Abbott Medical sponsored the chapter dinner at Oliveto’s Restaurant in Oakland. ED nurses learned how to describe the patient selection process for an LVAD, assessment priorities, and triage considerations in patients with LVADs. Attendees also learned how to demonstrate the LVAD function and device management for patients presenting to the emergency department. Some of the comments in the evaluations were: Awesome, very good scenarios, good knowledge to learn for managing a patient with LVADs, and great speaker!
The East Bay Chapter held their 1st quarter meeting at Summit Medical Center in Oakland on February 22, 2017 from 6-8 pm. CALSTAR presented “Savin’ Babies,” a simulation with an infant and real-life (and some not-so-real-life) scenarios. The instructors gave a great presentation on pediatric resuscitation pearls of wisdom, as well as some great mobile applications for personal use. We had 15 attendees, and planned for the rest of our year. We also discovered hidden talents in our millennial members, who are taking our social media sites to a new level. Looking forward to a great 2017!
The East Bay ENA Chapter welcomed speaker Stephanie McGinty, BSN RN CHPN, who presented information on End of Life Concerns in the Emergency Department. The questions asked by the nursing audience and information obtained during the presentation will positively impact our patients in the ED. VITAS sponsored the meeting at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Walnut Creek. 18 attendees enjoyed an evening of information, networking and delicious food. Sara Wells, MSN RN CEN CNL, also gave a lively presentation on Pediatric Readiness, and this impact on emergency departments. David Samuelson gave the quarterly National and State updates, as well as a discussion on elections for the 2018 officers.