Anita M. Dorr, RN, FAEN (1915-1972), was the co-founder and
first executive director of the National Emergency Department Nurses
Association. Mrs. Dorr, who had been instrumental in the founding of the EDNA,
was serving her second year as executive director of the national association
at the time of her death.
A graduate of the Edward J Meyer Memorial Hospital School of
Nursing in Buffalo, N.Y., Anita Dorr became an operating room nurse at E J
Meyer and held the position of operating room supervisor there when she joined
the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She saw action in major campaigns in
Africa, Italy, France and Germany. After the war and while her children were
growing, Mrs. Dorr did only part-time nursing, but since 1960 she had been
supervisor of the admissions and emergency departments at E. J. Meyer.
Anita Dorr's contributions to the specialty of emergency
nursing were widely recognized. She is credited with the 1967 invention of the
first emergency nursing crisis cart, now commonly known as the “Crash Cart.”
She was a member of the Erie County "Blue Ribbon Committee" on
Emergency Care, the only nurse member of the New York State Technical Advisory
Board on Emergency Services, and had been invited to serve on the National
Committee of the United States Public Health Bureau of Emergency Services.
She will be remembered for the seminars on emergency nursing
she conducted in Chicago, New York City, Washington, Philadelphia
and Las Vegas.
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