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PAH Emergency Department takes home international honours for patient care

29 July 2020

Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department has received a prestigious Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award.

The award recognises emergency departments that demonstrate excellent practice and innovative performance through leadership, education, advocacy and research.

Assistant Director of Nursing, Karen Taurima, said the reward reflected the Emergency Department’s commitment to delivering outstanding patient care and said PA ED’s submission to qualify for the award included detailed performance metrics, narratives and exemplar responses.

“To be awarded with this accolade is remarkable and the team is very proud of the result.”

Ms Taurima said it was akin to reaching Magnet status, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Centre, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.

“The ENA Award is a prestigious accolade, being awarded to less than one percent of EDs in the USA for exemplary care and outcomes. The PAH is one of only two international EDs that have received the award for the first time, the other being in the UAE.”

ENA President Mike Hastings said PAH ED staff should be proud of their achievements in health care.

“They've made such positive impacts on the profession and the lives of their patients," he said.

On average, PA Hospital Emergency Department sees over 5,500 patients each month. Over 30 percent of ED presentations are admitted to inpatient units. 

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership.

Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With nearly 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy.

The Lantern Award is open to all emergency departments who complete the online application and is valid for three years.

Last updated 29 July 2020
Last reviewed 29 July 2020

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