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Meet Emergency Department Nurse Trina Blake, RN - It's National Nurses Week

May 10, 2016
Nurses Week 2016

Trina Blake, RN considers herself to be a people person.

“I just love working around people, talking with them, and learning their stories. And I love being busy,” said Blake.

“I just could never picture myself sitting at a desk all day,” added the Belchertown nurse.

While there are many stories to be learned and plenty to keep you busy in nursing, Blake said she also had another incentive to follow the career path.

“My mother and grandmother are nurses, so I grew up in a family of nurses who loved what they were doing,” she said.

From high school to college

So, after high school, Blake found herself at UMass Amherst where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is now pursuing her doctorate as a nurse practitioner.

Before coming to Baystate Medical Center,  Blake worked at a rehabilitation center and as a transplant nurse in Hartford.

“I wanted to be closer to home and saw that Baystate was looking for an Emergency Department nurse. I knew Baystate had a great reputation, and, I guess you could say the rest is history,” said Blake

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, nurses around the country like Blake, including others at Baystate Health facilities throughout the area, are being honored for the important role they play in delivering the highest level of safe, quality care to their patients. Today’s nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession. Nurses practice in diverse roles, such as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators and policymakers.

“During National Nurses Week, we extend a special thank you to all of our nurses as they continue to deliver a higher state of caring to their patients. These talented registered nurses deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care, while encompassing the principles of safety and quality so ingrained in the nursing profession,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, MA, president of Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president for Hospital Operations.

Emergency nursing is fast paced

For anyone considering working as an Emergency Department nurse, Blake said they should know that it is very fast paced and can at times be challenging dealing with so many traumas and other sick and injured people coming through the doors.

“That’s why I love it so much. There is never a dull moment. We work as a team and the staff is incredible. And you treat people from all walks of life, of all ages, and for so many different ailments and injuries,” said Blake.

Asked if she would recommend nursing to someone considering a career in the health care profession, Blake responded, “Yes.”

“I would tell them it is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It’s a very rewarding profession, and you get to help people and change someone’s life for the better every day. But, it’s not for everyone, especially emergency nursing. In the Emergency Department, you need to be able to think on your feet and react appropriately at the drop of a hat. And, that’s not for everyone,” she said.

A culture of safety

Sponsored by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week has as its 2016 theme, “Culture of Safety – It starts with You,” recognizing registered nurses as an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients.

Baystate Medical Center’s high quality nursing care earned its third designation in a row as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence – one of only nine hospitals in Massachusetts – a distinction that places the hospital’s nursing staff among the finest in the nation. Nationally, only about 7% of all health care organizations carry this prestigious Magnet designation.

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