Blue Jay Award


The Emergency Nurses Association Announces the Winner of the Second Annual Blue Jay Consulting Emergency Department Nurse Leader of the Year Award 


Blue Jay Consulting and the Emergency Nurses Association announced today that Denise Abernethy, MSN, RN, CEN, the director of emergency services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside was selected as the second to receive the Emergency Department Nurse Leader of the Year Award. Abernethy was selected as the recipient due to her significant contributions to the emergency department in the following categories:

  • Collaboration with emergency medicine
  • Quality patient care
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Education
  • Community service
  • Synergistic approach to leadership within the emergency department, hospital or hospital system

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the award recipient will be honored at the ENA State and Chapter Leaders Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Blue Jay Consulting will also show a video highlighting the recipient’s dedication to emergency nursing and her patients.

This award was created in conjunction with the Emergency Medicine Director Award given by Blue Jay Consulting, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the American College of Emergency Physicians to recognize and celebrate nurses and physicians with exemplary emergency care collaborative behavior.

For the first time, these two awards have one unified purpose of bringing together both sides of the care delivery team.

Blue Jay Consulting is comprised of nationally recognized emergency care experts who implement effective, lasting changes to optimize service and throughput in hospital emergency departments. Blue Jay creates outcome-oriented solutions and achieves quantifiable results through process improvement services and enhanced interim leadership. We empower hospitals to be the best they can be. For further information, please visit

ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of over 40,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s website