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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
Emergency Nursing Update 2001: Foreword

The Heart of Emergency Nursing

Jagim, Mary BSN, RN, CEN, President, Emergency Nurses Association

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The Emergency Nurses Association is pleased to collaborate, for the second year, with Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and the American Journal of Nursing on the mentor–fellow leadership development program. The program once again paired five mentors and five fellows in a nine-month fellowship that provides the opportunity for the fellows to develop clinical leadership and professional writing skills. The mentors are experienced acute care emergency nurses with writing experience; the fellows are emergency nurses interested in developing professional writing skills. Both must have clinical expertise or interest in the care of patients with cardiovascular conditions. The mentor–fellow pairs created manuscripts on the management of patients presenting with cardiovascular conditions. Their articles are included in this supplement. Hopefully, the fellows will continue to publish and develop their clinical leadership skills from this experience.

The fellows and mentors will attend the 2001 Emergency Nurses Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, where they will collaborate, share their experiences and knowledge, and encourage others to participate in the program. They will also be formally recognized for their work.

Although many emergency nurses excel in mentoring, and there is a heightened focus on mentoring new individuals into the profession these days, the fellow–mentor program is unique in allowing an opportunity for increased collaboration between emergency nurses. The Emergency Nurses Association was thrilled at the response we had this year for fellow and mentor nominations. We hope to see more nurses seize the opportunity to pair with experts and further define their role in emergency care and patient outcomes.

Congratulations to our second class of mentors and fellows. We hope your success will encourage you to continue using your skills and expertise, as well as establishing your own mentoring opportunities. We also hope you will prompt other emergency nurses to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Emergency Nurses Association thanks Wyeth-Ayerst for its generous support of this program and the American Journal of Nursing for its effort in producing this supplement.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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