Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN, is currently serving as president-elect 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 2014.
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 Bachelors Degree in nursing in
1995. Powers worked full-time as an emergency department nurse in Northern
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 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 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 five fire departments as an EMS
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 American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support course
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
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 currently serves as EMS commissioner to
the California State Emergency Medical Services Commission filling the
emergency nursing seat.
For more information, please contact the ENA Executive Services Office at 1-847-460-4095 or ExecOffice@ena.org.