On a recent Saturday night in the Emergency Department, I observed Dana Booth provide amazing care of an unusual patient while also looking out for the needs of our entire staff and department that night. The free standing ER in Redmond on a Saturday night truly stands alone. The staff needs to be prepared for anything. All the other areas in the building are closed and back-up is 7 miles away. There is 1 doctor, 2-3 nurses and 2 ED techs. On this particular night we were short staffed and so I stayed over to help out. The event that impressed me so much started when our Doctor asked Dana Booth the charge nurse that night if his pulse felt irregular. Dana confirmed that it was and the Doctor said that it had been all day. Dana talked him into putting a heart monitor on and it showed a potentially dangerous heart rhythm. And with that our doctor suddenly became our most critical patient. Caring for a co-worker is not an easy task especially when it is a nurse caring for a doctor that he works with. Dana was able to keep the interactions respectful and dignified. I was amazed that they were discussing code scenarios while Dana was providing care for our doctor. Dana talked him into laying down on a bed (not an easy task) and took a 12 lead EKG. He sent a copy of it to another doctor at the Kirkland ED. He was instructed to send him ASAP to the other campus so that he could emergently be seen by the cardiologist. IV’s were started, medicines were given, medics were called and our doctor’s wife was called. Our doctor was whisked away to Kirkland. Dana has also arranged for another doctor who was about to go off shift at the other ED to come and assume care of the other patients who were in our department that night. The transition was seamless and possibly, the other patients were unaware that their doctor was the patient taken away by medic. Dana did an amazing job of keeping us all working together, getting the right care for his patients and looking after the needs of all the other patients and potential patients who were going to come in seeking emergency care.
Dana Booth, RN
Emergency Department, Redmond
Dana did an amazing job of keeping us all working together, getting the right care for his patients and looking after the needs of all the other patients and potential patients who were going to come in seeking emergency care.