Throughout the month of February (Heart Month), we will be highlighting our staff and departments who play a vital role in cardiovascular care. Today, we’re sharing some Q&A with Ann Gunsinger, a Registered Nurse and Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department.
What does it take to be a nurse in the Emergency Department (ED)?
A nurse in the ED needs to be knowledgeable and have skills like critical thinking, time management, and be able to work effectively and efficiently for the sake of the patient.
What is unique about your role?
Before the patient arrives at the ED, we are notified by EMS that they are on the way. I help to ensure that patients coming from EMS or arriving at the Hospital have a bed in the ED for emergent cardiac conditions. I work effectively with my coworkers to recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiac conditions quick and effectively. This helps improve patient outcomes with quick recognition of electrocardiograms and allows for fast access to treatment.
What inspired you to work in the ED and cardiac care?
My experience as a student in the ED inspired me to work here. It gave me the opportunity to see what a difference the staff make every day in their patients’ lives and the teamwork that is shown in the department, especially with cardiac care and for code STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
How does your role impact patient care?
I provide the best care that I can to my patients and their families. I also work closely with my colleagues to be the best resource and support person for them when I am working, especially during stressful situations.
On the concept of practice what you preach, any personal tips on how to stay heart healthy?
Any final thoughts?
I am very proud to be a part of such an amazing team!