PLAINES, Ill., May 7, 2014 – As the Emergency
Nurses Association visits Capitol Hill this week advocating for legislation
that directly impacts emergency nursing, they are also, very appropriately
celebrating National Nurses Week taking place May 6-12. More than 100 ENA
members from across the U.S. are in Washington D.C. this week asking Senators
and Representatives to support H.R. 274/S. 153, the Mental Health First Aid Act
and H.R. 4080, the Trauma Care Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care
Reauthorization Act. This is the Association’s annual “Day on the Hill” event.
“National Nurses Week is a great time
for emergency nurses to come together and let our Senators and members of
Congress know exactly how they can support emergency nursing and the health of
our patients,” said ENA president Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN,
CPEN. “We’re thrilled to have a record number of emergency nurses engaging
their elected Representatives this year on behalf of our 40,000 members.”
members are advocating for two specific bills this week. The Mental Health First
Aid Act would create a public education program to help people identify and
respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. According to
the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26 percent of Americans
over the age of 18 suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. The course would teach
participants how to interact with a person in crisis and how to connect them
with appropriate help. The bill would make grants available to initiate and
sustain these programs nationwide.
is also supporting the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care
Reauthorization Act. This bill would reauthorize two grant programs to support
state and rural development of trauma systems, and new models of regionalized
emergency care. In addition, ENA is requesting $28 million in funding for these
critical trauma and emergency medical services programs. This funding will help
develop comprehensive trauma systems and prevent further trauma center closures.
According to the Trauma Center Association of America, in the past decade at
least 21 trauma centers have closed, leaving only eight states with fully
developed trauma systems.
nurses looking to participate in legislative advocacy can visit the ENA
Government Relations website.
on the Hill is made possible by generous support from Teleflex.
About the Emergency Nurses
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing
association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through
advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable
resource to the global emergency nursing community. With
more than 40,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops
industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency
healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care,
disaster preparedness, and nearly all aspects of emergency care. Additional
information is available at www.ena.org.