While the work of committees, work teams, advisory council and special interest groups are similar, the following will help explain the differences of the groups.
The general purpose of an ENA committee is to assist the board of directors govern more efficiently. Committees are typically ongoing in nature and used to investigate, deliberate and analyze ongoing pragmatic areas or priorities that are persistent in nature. Some committees are fixed by the bylaws of the association and other are created as needed. Important: most committee appointments are for a two year term. Please consider your schedule when applying for one of these positions
Work Teams are typically associated with completing a single set of tasks over a set period of time. Generally, work team members do not rotate off, but will remain until charges are completed which can take up to more than 1 year. Work teams sunset once the charges are completed.
Institutes - Advisory Councils
ENA Institutes are organizational units that are formed around a concentrated focus for purposes of prominence, professional identity, and visibility. ENA institutes are established to advance the field of emergency nursing and emergency care through research and evidence-based educational/training programs and practice resources. Each of the ENA Institutes have an Advisory Council that functions as a think tank to provide guidance and recommendations.. Advisory councils have rotating terms that range from 1 to 2 years.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
An ENA Special Interest Group (SIG) provides members with similar interests the opportunity to network with each other in a specialty and/or areas of interest. It is the purpose of the Special Interest Group (SIG) to raise members’ interests relative to a specific topic (e.g., Emergency Department Technology, Education, etc.). Special Interest Groups will be migrating to on-line communities in 2016. There will be one on-site meeting during the Emergency Nursing 2015 in Orlando for the Special Interest Groups.