Downs Recognized by Emergency Nursing Association as Rising Star

Rising Star - Angela Downs, EMT, RN, (second from the right) is pictured with other ENA award recipients.

Rising Star – Angela Downs, EMT, RN, (second from the right) is pictured with other ENA award recipients.

Corydon, May 22, 2014: The Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System (WCHCS) is pleased to announce the selection of Angela Downs, EMT, RN as the recipient of this year’s Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Rising Star Award. Angela was presented the award at the annual Emergency Nurses Association meeting held in Des Moines on Friday, May 16th.

Angela completed her training at Indian Hills Community College initially as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and followed up by also receiving her nursing degree as a Registered Nurse (RN). Angela joined WCHCS in 2008 and works both the main inpatient nursing floor as well as the emergency department.

The Emergency Nurses Association Annual Achievement Awards recognize individuals who exemplify exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy. Individuals who receive an achievement award demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the advancement of the specialty of emergency nursing, according to the association.

The Star Award is presented to a RN who has been working in an emergency nursing setting for five years or less. Angela Downs demonstrated the necessary strong nursing knowledge and clinical leadership skills, and exceeded role expectations in patient care and professional endeavors to receive this recognition.

Nominated by Cody Babbitt, EMT, RN, Director of the WCHCS Emergency Department, who stated, “Angela goes above and beyond what is expected of her and we are excited that she was recognized for her hard work and dedication. In addition to working at WCH she is a Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor and comes in on her days off to provide staff education. She serves as Wayne County’s only Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), and has helped write policies and worked with community leaders to educate and inform the public on this topic. In addition, Angela serves as the President of Allerton’s First Responders, and has been instrumental in making sure the department is compliant with the state regulations.” Our congratulations to Angela on this tremendous achievement.