What a difference a day makes.
Day two of the NYS Emergency Nurses Association's annual conference was wonderful, for several reasons. First, we got to brass tacks - we discussed emergency nursing, what we do best. Gone were the political references and baloney of night one. The speakers were not policy makers or folks with a political agenda - they were nurses, experts in their fields, teaching us how to do our thing better. Second, the food was yummy. Okay, it was the day before too, but I had to mention it. Third, the sun was shining and it was warm, which can only help. Last but not least, the conference was closed out by a speaker who blew us away. He is the focus of my submission today.
Terry Foster, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN (lots of letters; you will not be quizzed) is an emergency nurse from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Kentucky. Terry's presentation was titled, "Emergency Nursing: The Sacred and the Profane All Rolled Into One". I was nervous about that title, I will admit. But the talk was incredible. He made us laugh and cry and laugh again. Part of the focus of his talk was the reality that what we, as ER nurses, find funny, most others definitely do not. But the rest was a celebration of the role we play in the lives of our patients. He did a great job focusing on the impact compassion and presence play in the care we deliver, and mentioned God and Jesus many times...thank you, Lord! He made it clear that what we do is a God-given grace, and we need to reflect that. Incredible.
Overall, day two was awesome. There is hope!