ENApardy Game Is a Winner

This virtual conference activity is highlighted by education, entertainment and engagement.

The correct response: What is ENApardy?

Emergency Nursing Conference Education Planning Committee Co-Chairpersons Rachael Smith and Teresa Dodge hosted a Jeopardy-style game as a wrap-up to the first day of Emergency Nursing 2021.

More than 250 conference attendees logged on and put their knowledge to the test for a chance to win prizes.

“I know a lot of us are competitive,” said emergency nurse and educator Jennifer Jordan, for whom answers came easily.

She attributes her edge to her 20 years of emergency department experience, being an Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course and Trauma Nursing Core Course director and being certified in emergency nursing and pediatric emergency nursing.

Neonatal care and pediatric care accounted for nearly half of the questions.

Naming the next step for a neonate who appears full term, is apneic, has no tone and is cyanotic stumped many participants. The emergency nurse in the scenario had already warmed and stimulated the infant.

The correct response, worth 500 points: What is positive pressure ventilation?

“I just took my neonate resuscitation class, and it reminded me how different OB is from the ED,” Smith said. “So, no, you do not start with CPR, even though that’s what we want to do. We want to jump on that chest. No. Babies are little. Their anatomy is a little bit different. When they are first born, they have these holes that need to close, so the thing you have to do is oxygen, oxygen, oxygen with positive pressure ventilation.”

Serious and silly topics filled the game board, and contestant comments kept pace. A query about the number of bones in the human body prompted the observation from one player that it depends whether the person is an amputee. The correct answer is 206.

Another round served as a pick-me-up, seeking the number of consecutive years nurses have been ranked the Most Trusted Profession by Gallup Poll.

“It’s 19 years,” Smith said. “We were going to be the entire time since the Gallup Poll [list] was created, which was in 1999, however, firefighters beat us out in 2002 after 9/11.”

Like the TV game show it was modeled after, ENApardy included a final round with a single opportunity to win big or lose everything.

“ED nurses gown up more and dislike this more than COVID,” the screen read.

The hosts admitted there was validity to submitted responses including angry family members and maggots, but neither was the answer Smith and Dodge established as the correct one. Bedbugs took that distinction.

Robin Boyer, a postanesthesia care unit nurse from New Jersey, said she enjoyed the game, noting it was an effective ice breaker for conference attendees.

“[I] love everyone answering at the same time, connecting and networking,” she said.

Boyer drew on her experience as an instructor and more than three decades as an emergency nurse to rack up points.

ENApardy players tallied their own scores during the game and should submit their completed score sheets to the Conference Education Planning Committee at [email protected]. Winners will be randomly selected from the highest scores.

“We can’t wait to see everybody’s score sheets,” Dodge said.