Patient and Family Perspectives

  • Published November 30, 2023

Featuring members of EMSC’s Family Advisory Network (FAN). Learn more about the FAN.

Name: Melanie Marshall, MSN, RN, NR-EMT, NCSN, NHDPBC

State/Territory: Delaware

Why did you become a FAN? "Simply, because someone asked and believed in me. We all have the capacity for good and service. Whether it be as a vocal advocate, such as with EMSC, or holding someone's hand in support during a difficult time."

What is the most important thing for emergency practitioners to know about caring for children? "Remember that acute trauma does not only involve the child but the whole family, and a family is determined by the people who are in it. As a nurse who has practiced in the emergency department and in a public school setting, it is the guardian/parent's choice in the health care decisions of their child. It is the responsibility of the practitioner to educate on all the possible options for treatment and do so with fidelity and empathy."