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Utah’s ER Nurse of the Year’s 38 years of service an anomaly – Deseret News

Utah Valley Hospital

Jean Lundquist working at the ER of Utah Valley Hospital earlier in her career.

PROVO They say home is where the heart is. For Jean Lundquist, her heart lies in the emergency room.

“I was in the hospital when I was probably 7 or 8 years old,” said Lundquist, an ER nurse at Utah Valley Hospital. “I just thought it was cool. I always wanted to do something like that. I always wanted a stethoscope, I always wanted medical stuff.”

Now, when people ask how long she’s been in this line of work, it takes a lot of thought and staring at the ceiling while trying to do math in her head. Lundquist settled on 38 years.

“When I first started, I worked up in Idaho at a small hospital and then worked on the ambulance up there,” she said. “It was awesome.”

Surviving in the realm of emergency medicine for nearly four decades makes Lundquist a bit of an anomaly. “The average burnout rate for an ER nurse is five years,” she said.

Lundquist believes that’s because the stress level is always high in an emergency room.

“You can be sitting there doing nothing, and then bam, you’ve got five people from a car wreck, and somebody with a heart attack, ” she said. “Even when there’s nothing going on, there’s the potential of something coming in.”

Even for those who become accustomed to the constant stress, there are days that stick with them.

“We see people die almost every day,” Lundquist said. “There’s been times where I’ve thought ‘I’m never doing this again.’

“One of the big days was, we had a little 18-month-old that had been run over by a car, and I had a daughter who was 18 months old,” she added. “I went over to day care and just laid by her and just bawled.”

Keeping the job from affecting personal life can be a monumental task, especially when you can’t help but feel attached to those you treat, Lundquist said.

“The people that come here, this is a horrible day in their life,” she said. “They’re either losing a loved one, or they might lose a loved one, or they themselves are really injured.”

Her hard work over the past 38 years isn’t going unrecognized. The Bureau of Emergency Services and Preparedness recently honored Lundquist with Utah’s Emergency Nurse of the Year Award.

Her fellow nurses say Lundquist’s attachment to her patients poses a challenge but also is one of the reasons she’s so deserving of the award.

“Always treating everyone, the psych patients, the homeless. You know, no matter what your place is, she just treats everyone with respect,” said Tina Dewey, a registered nurse at Utah Valley Hospital.

While Lundquist appreciates the accolade, the hope of recognition certainly isn’t what’s kept her in the emergency room for decades, while so many others switched to different departments.

“I remember all the good parts, where you helped somebody, and they come down the next week and shake your hand and tell you ‘thank you,'” she said, while also calling attention to the benefits of finding support among her colleagues. “Sitting around with friends after a shift, going over it with everybody.”

Lundquist has also found acclaim around the hospital. While she still gets called to the ER, she spends most of her time in an office as manager over the hospital’s entire trauma program.

But she doesn’t like talking much about her award or other recognition she’s received over her long career. Instead, she wants to encourage others to follow the same path she has because, despite all the heartache, there’s no other place she’d rather call home.

“Don’t give up because it’s hard,” she said. “You can do hard things. And once you find out what you’re passionate about, do it every day.”

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Banner Churchill Community Hospital breaks ground on new Emergency Department – Nevada Appeal

Officials with Banner Churchill Community Hospital broke ground on Aug. 15 on a $10 million Emergency Department expansion.

The expansion will add an additional 6 patient rooms. At the same time, a renovation of the existing space will take place.

The Emergency Department will double in size giving patients more privacy, shorter wait times and room accommodations such as TVs, while nurses and providers will benefit from improved efficiencies and better operational flow.

The expansion is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer with the entire project completed by the end of 2018.

“Our ED treats 20,000 patients a year in Fallon and the surrounding community,” said Robert Carnahan, chief executive officer of Banner Churchill Community Hospital in announcing the ground breaking. “With this expansion, we will have additional patient rooms that are larger which will support improved patient movement and delivery of care.”

Of the 16 new exam rooms, 11 will be regular patient rooms, two will be trauma rooms and new to the ED will be two observation rooms and an isolation room. Also included is an exam room with an electrocardiogram (EKG) to serve patients suffering from a heart attack.

In addition to the patient rooms, the project will feature a new waiting room and triage areas, expanded storage and office space as well as a centralized work area for nurses and providers to better monitor patients and integrate care.

“The ED was part of the original hospital and space is tight right now,” said Paul Rowley, development and construction project manager with Banner Health. “The way the new template is laid out it’s going to flow a lot better and service to patients will improve.”

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Banner Churchill Community Hospital breaks ground on new Emergency Department – Nevada Appeal