Emergency nursing is a specialized area of practice and is by its nature both independent and collaborative. Professional behaviors inherent in emergency nursing practice are the acquisition and application of a specialized body of knowledge and skills. These behaviors provide a broad scope of practice for the delivery of urgent and complex care within a limited time frame to health care consumers of varying ages and cultural backgrounds. Emergency nurses integrate both critical thinking skills and knowledge of evidence based practice into their delivery of care and decision-making.
ENA Practice Resources
ENA develops resources on clinical topics and issues of importance to emergency nurses. These resources, defined below, provide evidence-based information that supports emergency nursing practice as well as ENA’s position on matters relevant to emergency care. Click the links below for a full listing of the documents available under each resource.
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)-Evidence-based documents that facilitate the application of current evidence into everyday emergency nursing practice. CPGs contain recommendations based on a systematic review and critical analysis of the literature about a clinical question. CPGs were formerly known as Emergency Nursing Resources (ENRs).
Position Statements– Recommendations for a course of action or statements of belief that reflect ENA’s stance regarding an issue of importance to safe practice, safe care and optimal patient outcomes. The Position Statement webpage includes ENA Position Statements, ENA Joint Statements, ENA Supported Statements and Archived Position Statements.
ENA's Translation into Practice– Translation into Practice (TIP) - Quick reference document that facilitates the application of current evidence available at the time into emergency nursing practice relative to the specific question identified.
Toolkits– A collection of information, resources, education, forms, links and other valuable material that may assist an individual to champion a project or implement a program.
Topic Briefs– Informational documents that provide detailed information on a given subject of importance to safe practice and safe care.
White Papers– A type of report that is distinctive in terms of purpose, audience and organization.