• Preparing for the Worst . . . Just In Case

    Hurricane Dorian may not be the monster it was as it caused catastrophic damage in the Bahamas but it still packs a punch strong enough to cause concerns for the residents of eastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. As of 8:00 am on Wednesday, the category 2 storm sat about 100 miles east of Daytona Beach, FL. Forecasters are expecting Dorian to continue to hug the coast for the next 24-36 hours.

    As the potential for wind damage, storm surge and flooding rain looms for these areas, emergency nurses in affected states continue the task of caring for patients and families. Here in Georgia, we're thinking of and praying specifically for our friends and colleagues in the Coastal Empire chapter and those emergency departments in the southeastern part of the state that will continue to operate in the midst of the storm.

    I had the opportunity to speak with ENA President Patti Howard recently. She expressed her concern for our nurses in Dorian's path and has pledged to make ENA's resources available should a need arise. I am grateful for Patti's leadership and appreciate the genuine concern that she shows for all ED nurses who continue to be committed to care, even at the risk of personal harm or loss.

    We send good thoughts and a wish for minimal storms effects to our friends in Florida and the Carolinas and pledge to stand behind you with our resources as well once the storm passes.

    We love, admire and appreciate you all!