Anita Dorr Memorial Endowment

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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