SOMC Nursing Research Highlighted at National Conference

Nurses of the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center were recently selected to present at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Leadership Conference held Feb. 22-26 in New Orleans, La.

More than 2,000 emergency nurses from across the United States and the world gathered at the conference to discuss trends and topics related to their profession including leadership, communication, healthcare reform, patient satisfaction, and other ideas to improve emergency department operations.

SOMC staff members presented two of the 39 research and evidenced-based posters displayed at the conference: Julie Hiles, RN, BSN, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC Emergency Department and Pediatrics, Jennifer Foit, RN, BSN, and ED Clinical Coordinator Angela Hodge presented, “Emergency Department: The Frontline Defender for Pertussis Prevention,” while Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, director of nursing for SOMC Emergency, Pediatrics & Outpatient Services presented, “Decreasing Wait Time to Provider with Treatment Triage Teams: Keeping Vertical Patient Vertical.”

Pictured at the conference (l to r) are Foit, Hiles and Hodge.