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Nurses Compete in Academic Bowl

Caption: Nursing Team: Academic Bowl team members include (from left) Andrew Bowman, Libby Cowling, Laura MacDonald, Kristen Holladay, Ashley Nelson and Tracy Hatfield.

The Witham Team placed second in the 2015 Indiana Emergency Nurses Association Certified Emergency Nurse Academic Bowl at Eskanazi Health.

The event included a competition ranging from challenging questions on skills to complex disease identification that emergency nurses face on a daily basis. The teams compete in timed challenges. At the end of the challenges the team with the highest number of points advance to the final round. The Witham team beat out teams from St. Elizabeth, St. Vincent, IU Methodist, IU West and IU North.

“Emergency nurses have to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge to rapidly assess and treat patients”, said Sarah Abel, Director of Emergency Services, Occupational Medicine and Convenient Care at Witham. “This is the fourth year we have competed and our team has placed every year. This displays Witham nurses commitment to the profession. Our teamwork for this competition reflects our department and how we advocate on behalf of the patient every day. This skills/knowledge competition was a fun opportunity to showcase excellence in the emergency room.”

Witham team members were Laura MacDonald, Ashley Nelson, Tracy Hatfield, Libby Cowling. Kristen Holladay was the alternate and Andrew Bowman, NP was their “Lifeline” participant.

“I am extremely proud of the Witham team and their commitment to advancing their knowledge base to improve the care they give to their patients and this community,” Abel said.