The Emergency, Trauma and Transport Nursing Workforce: Highlights of Benchmark 2019 Survey

This open-access original research article highlights major findings from the custom-designed, 60-question 2019 Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nursing Workforce Survey (ETTS), which was the centerpiece of a major research initiative to profile today’s emergency nursing workforce and identify specific resources necessary to ensure a sufficient, well-prepared and well-supported future workforce.

The quantitative findings from the ETTS include information about the emergency nursing workforce as a whole and emergency, trauma and transport specialty-specific data about:

  • workforce profile and qualifications
  • occupational profile and work environment
  • nurse well-being
  • career goals and nursing pipeline

The article also briefly summarizes qualitative data based nearly 5,000 responses from emergency, trauma and transport (ETT) nurses about their impact on outcomes and the biggest challenges they face.

The research was initiated by BCEN, developed in partnership with the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), and facilitated by research project manager MedEvac Foundation International.

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Today’s Owners, Tomorrow’s Leaders: Why Supporting Board Certification Matters

Article Abstract: New evidence from a major study on the value of emergency nursing specialty certification advances the case for supporting board certification for nurses across all practice areas. The purpose of this article is to discuss the implications of this research, including how nurse leaders can benefit from tapping into the value of certification, and why nurse leader support for board certification matters.

From Living Proof to Large-Scale Study: Why I’m Passionate About Board Certification for Nurses

Article Excerpt: Barely 2 weeks after earning my Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) credential I was working a particularly hectic night shift in a Kansas community hospital emergency department (ED) and in walked a first-time mom and dad with their sleeping, pink and otherwise healthy-looking 3-day-old daughter. Despite the unusually high patient volumes and acuity for a Thursday night, the look on the mother’s face, the sound of her voice, and what she was saying stopped me in my tracks.