Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association
13918 E. Mississippi Ave, Suite 215
Aurora, CO 80012
For Immediate Release
ASTNA Partners in the First Ever Emergency, Trauma, and Transport Nurses Workforce Study
Aurora, CO, June 3, 2019 The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association is proud to partner with the Medevac Foundation International and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the Society of Trauma Nursing (STN), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) to release a study on the current state of the transport, emergency, and trauma nursing workforce as a whole, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and issues facing emergency, trauma, and transport nurses.
“We’re excited to partner with the MedEvac Foundation on this groundbreaking study,” said ASTNA Executive Director Nikole Good, CAE. “They have been a great partner and we’re thrilled to go into this project with known leaders in the industry who share our vision on the future of the nursing workforce.”
The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association and its partners worked with the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to collect, analyze, and synthesize multiple sources of data, including both existing databases and a direct survey of practicing nurses across the emergency spectrum to gather information on the current state of the workforce and expected changes to it over the next five to ten years. Although several sources document information on the national nursing workforce overall, none provide detailed information on the population of nurses in theemergency, trauma, and transport spectrum, such as geographical location, age, work environment, experience, and career goals. Without this information, it is difficult to understand the makeup of the current workforce and accurately project the types and amount of resources necessary to meet the demand for emergency, trauma, and transport nursing services now and into the future.
“Emergency care can, and typically does, affect everyone in their lifetime. We’re very excited to support the nursing community and the long-ranging effects this study will have on emergency, trauma, and transport medicine as a whole,” said Rick Sherlock, CEO of MedEvac Foundation International.
As part of the study, the survey asked participants to provide examples of when they, or one of their colleagues, did something that had an important impact on human, medical, or operational outcomes. Survey respondents provided nearly 2,000 examples. Common themes in these examples include that emergency spectrum nurses:
• Assess, intervene, evaluate and communicate regarding critical medical
information from patients
• Prevent errors by catching overlooked medical issues
• Provide support to patients even after discharge
• Advocate for patients with physicians and management
• Provide counsel and support to patients and their families
• Identify and help victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and
• Help patients with “bigger picture” issues
• Increase patient safety
• Identify the need for, and implement, new programs
• Increase the quality, speed, and effectiveness of operations.
“ASTNA has a long history of collaboration with our partner organizations on groundbreaking initiatives to further education in critical care transport. When presented with the opportunity, ASTNA immediately saw the value and significance of participating and investing in the research of the current and future transport nurse workforce,” said ASTNA Executive Director Nikole Good, CAE. “This study was an important next step as we joined with our partners to conduct an industry-wide scan of practice. We couldn’t be more excited to share the critical information that was uncovered that will benefit transport, emergency and trauma nurses, now and in the future.”
Click here to view the Executive Summary
Click here to view the to view the Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nurse Survey (ETTS)
The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association is a dynamic, international association with over 2,500 members that acts as the voice in transport nursing with regard to patient and provider advocacy. ASTNA's mission is to advance the practice of transport nursing and enhance the quality of patient care through commitment to safety and education. Our members represent the entire spectrum of critical care, emergency, and non-emergency patient transport -- hospital based, public service, military and private providers. For additional information visit www.astna.org.
About MedEvac Foundation International
Founded by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), the MedEvac Foundation International is dedicated to identifying and promoting air medical and critical care transport best practices and improvements worldwide. The Foundation funds research and disseminates safety, patient care, and operational resources throughout the industry via the web, educational presentations, and printed publications. For additional information, visit the Foundation's web site at www.medevacfoundation.org.