Emergency Nurses Week highlights struggles endured during COVID-19 pandemic

Emergency Nurses Week acknowledges the struggles endured during the COVID-19 pandemic
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A special week is underway, giving thanks to some key healthcare workers in Illinois and the rest of the world.

It’s the annual Emergency Nurses Week.

“Every October, we come together to give special recognition to those nurses that have chosen emergency nursing as their field of practice,” Jeff Murphy, president of the Illinois Emergency Nurses Association, told WBBM Newsradio. “It’s a week where we celebrate, give our well wishes, usually eat a lot of food and spend some time together.”

Each year has its own unique theme. This year, that theme is grit, which Murphy said is fitting given the COVID-19 pandemic and wave of gun violence.

“Emergency departments are always there and emergency nurses are always at the bedside to take care of patient, both before the pandemic and they’ll be there long after. So I think it’s important for the community to recognize and just give thanks,” he said.

Murphy said reaching out to your local emergency department is the best way to learn how you can give thanks this week.