ENA Media Relations
Everyday Nurse Hero
Makes Ultimate Sacrifice for Her Patients
Ill., November 27, 2013 – The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
was deeply saddened to learn about the recent Texas surgical center workplace
violence story in which a nurse was stabbed.
Our hearts go out to the
family of Gail Sandidge, the nurse hero who died while protecting her patients,
the injured and their families, all at Ambulatory Surgical Center of Good Shepherd Medical
Center in Longview, Texas,
and our Texas ENA colleagues.
Gail Sandidge reacted as
all nurses do – to protect the well-being of her patients – and in this case it
“Our prayers go out to all who have been
touched by this tragic event and to all nurses, like Gail Sandidge, who are
Everyday Heroes, saving lives each and every day,” said 2013 ENA President, and
Texas native, JoAnn Lazarus, MSN, RN, CEN. “ENA will continue its important
work to create safer healthcare environments for our nurses and patients.”
ENA works tirelessly to
advocate for stricter workplace violence laws, and recently worked to change
Texas legislation to increase protection for emergency department personnel.
About the Emergency Nurses Association:
ENA, which has more than 40,000 members worldwide, is the only
professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency
nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and
leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and
practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and
public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional
information is available at ENA's Web site, www.ena.org.