Emergency Nurses Day - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


Emergency Nurses Day

Madison VA Emergency Department desk

Madison VA Emergency Department desk

By Pam McGranahan
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Emergency nurses must be able to assess their patients accurately, and then make decisions and take the right action when every second counts. These nurses must know about caring for men and women of all ages with many different health concerns.  Emergency nurses see and treat a range of injuries or illnesses every time they work, from broken arms and sprained ankles to heart attacks or stroke.  They must be prepared for anything and able to coordinate and organize so that the department runs smoothly and their patients get the care they need.

Over the past few years, the Madison VA has expanded our capacity and specially certified our staff so that we can offer a full range of Emergency services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  In 2010, our Emergency Department saw 13,000 patients, and we continue to grow and develop our expertise.

It is good to have Emergency care available when you need it, but even better to be healthy and not need it at all!   Some of the most important things you can do to stay safe and healthy take less than 5 minutes.  For example:

  • Wash your hands (20 seconds) 
  • Buckle up (4 seconds)
  • Test smoke alarms (15 seconds per alarm)
  • Eat healthy (20 seconds to grab and wash an apple)
  • Stop smoking (SAVES you time!)
  • Take the stairs (2 minutes)

Emergency departments are equipped to offer short-term acute care, and cannot offer ongoing healthcare or medical management to patients.   Primary care providers are able to get to know you and your family over time.  Having your own provider and a medical home allows for better outcomes.  Your primary provider knows your medical history and is able to work with you and your family for the best follow-up and health outcomes.

A strong relationship with your provider is important to your health.  The following points will help you make the most of your healthcare and bring about the best result.

  •  Keep your scheduled appointments.
  • Take all medications as prescribed.
  • Tell your provider about all the medications and supplements you are taking.

For all emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

If you have a medical concern that is not an emergency, please call the VA Telephone Care Service at (608) 280-7066    Toll Free: (888) 598-7793

Many times, these nurses can help make an appointment with your own clinic, or take care of problems on the phone. Like our Emergency Services, our accredited Telephone Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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