Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Department Wins Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Department Wins Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association

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The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Department was selected for the coveted Lantern Award, a national honor recognizing the department for its outstanding performance in patient care, research and leadership.

The hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) was chosen with eight other hospital emergency departments across the country from an applicant pool of 38 departments. The extensive submissions were reviewed by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), a national education and advocacy organization for ED nurses.

“This acknowledgement reflects Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department's efforts in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research,” says Alan Nager, MD, MHA, director Emergency Medicine and Transport at Children’s Hospital. “The application was filled with quality data and examples of superb care and innovation contributed from our emergency department team.”

The 45-year-old ENA created the Lantern Award as “a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care,” according to the ENA, which has an international membership of more than 40,000 nurses working in the emergency medicine field. The organization advocates for patient safety and quality nursing practices.

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Department team, which treats 68,000 patients a year, includes nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and the department’s colleagues from the Trauma Program, Employee Health, Disaster Preparedness, Social Work, Decision Support Services and the Employee Assistance Program. It was the only California hospital Emergency Department to earn the Lantern Award this year. “Congratulations to our tremendous staff of nurses and clinical staff," says Nager.

“This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the emergency department team,” said Susan Cline, RN, the department’s education manager and co-project manager of the Lantern Award application with ED clinical manager Inge Morton, RN. “We care for the sickest and most critically injured children, adolescents and young adults in our community. Our Lantern application demonstrated the strength of our nursing professionalism and inter-professional collaboration. We do our best together to provide the highest quality pediatric emergency care based on research and evidence-based practice.”

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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