Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN, is currently serving as president of the Emergency Nurses Association board of directors, the specialty nursing association serving the emergency nursing profession through research, publications, professional development, and emphasis on quality and patient safety. Powers term ends in December 2015.
Powers began his career in nursing and emergency medical services immediately after high school. While studying for his pre-nursing courses, he attended Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital’s Paramedic School and worked full-time as a paramedic from 1989-1995 while attending San Jose State receiving is Bachelor’s Degree in nursing in 1995. Powers worked full-time as an emergency department nurse in Northern California.
After five years as an emergency department nurse, charge nurse, and clinical preceptor, he returned to pre-hospital arena servicing as the Clinical and Educational Services Coordinator in San Mateo County with a task of overseeing clinical competence, protocol development and instituting clinical oversight to American Medical Response and county-wide fire paramedics. While working for American Medical Response, he continued to work as an emergency department nurse, flight nurse and critical care transport nurse part-time.
Since 2000, Powers has overseen operational and clinical services for the North County Fire Authority in San Mateo County. He covers EMS services for four fire departments as an EMS Battalion Chief.
While working for the fire service, Powers also works on-call as an emergency nurse manager for Kaiser Permanente and is a community college faculty member. While this keeps him busy, he also has served on several pediatric committees and has taught the Pediatric Provider for Pre-hospital Professionals course and is a course coordinator and both American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support course instructor.
As a registered nurse, Powers has experience in emergency, critical care transport, flight nursing, management and legal nurse consulting.
In addition, he has served on several county and state committees. Powers served as the chairperson for the San Mateo County Quality Leadership Council, Medical Advisory Committee, Clinical Electronic Data Group, Personnel and Clinical Quality Redesign Committee and Joint Powers Agreement ALS Operations and Executive Steering Council and leads one of eight Critical Incident Stress Teams.
He was the 2003 president of the Emergency Nurses Association East Bay Chapter and represented ENA on the Paramedic Critical Care Transport Task Force and EMS Authority Directors Advisory Group. Powers was the president of the California Emergency Nurses Association in 2007 and 2008 directing the future of emergency nursing through collaboration and education and is the 2003 recipient of the National Rising Star Award.
Powers completed his Masters of Science degree in emergency services administration from California State University-Long Beach. He received an academic achievement award and has also been published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
In 2007, Powers was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served as EMS commissioner until 2013, serving as chair for his last year on the California State Emergency Medical Services Commission filling the emergency nursing seat.
Term as President-elect: 01/01/14 – 12/31/14
Term as Secretary/Treasurer: 01/01/13 – 12/31/13
Term as Director: 01/01/10 – 12/31/12
For more information, please contact the ENA Executive Services Office at 1-847-460-4095 or ExecOffice@ena.org.