The Emergency Department at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital (SJWH) is the primary local care provider for the Wayne, NJ area, processing 50,000 patients per year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for services or insurance status.
SJWH's Emergency Department manages patients with numerous health issues from chronic conditions to the critically ill patient. SJWH's Emergency Department employs over 30 full-time registered nurses, as well as an additional 30 full-time employees serving as unit clerks, patient care associates, transporters and patient liaisons. Nurses focus on optimizing efficiency of patient care, while following ENA guidelines.
Nursing staffing levels are maintained through the use of full-time, part-time and per-diem personnel. Fluctuations in volume are managed by the use of flexible shifts and alternate start times.
Emergency Department nurses at St. Joseph's provide education to staff nurses in the Emergency Department, as well as other nursing units. Emergency Department sponsored house-wide courses include TNCC and ENPC.
Emergency Department specific classes include TNCC, ENPC, ED skills lab review and other in-services that may be required by the department. A schedule of required courses is published each year and instructors coordinated by the Emergency Department educator. Continuing Education Units are offered for the courses as well. Our nurses also take responsibility for coordinating course materials for each educational offering. The clinical ladder program is often used as a vehicle to encourage participation of the nursing staff in the provision of educational programs, as well as outreach programs.
Outreach programs are coordinated through the trauma division. Once a presentation is requested, the trauma coordinator identifies the emergency department nursing staff available to provide the program. Course materials are provided to the instructor and instructors are reimbursed for their time and expenses. There are many programs geared for school-age children, high school students and teenagers, parents, car seat safety, and seasonal type activities. Our nurses enjoy providing the programs to the community and are frequently cited in local newspapers for their efforts.
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