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ED staff volunteer for senior center
Most of the staff in the new senior emergency center at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, came from the main ED, says David Cummings, RN, CEN, the hospital's emergency center director.
"What we have done is find people who really want to work with this population and ask them to work there permanently," he says, noting that it is similar to what happens with a pediatric ED. "In 'peds,' you have mostly pediatric RNs, which is a subspecialty, and we created a subspecialty of nurses who are interested in and understand the needs of the population," Cummings says.
This unit did not leave the main ED understaffed, he says. "This was an area that was previously staffed that we carved out, so people were just differently assigned," Cummings explains.