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About ENA

Here at ENA, our mission is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice. We envision our self to be the global emergency nursing resource and advocate for Safe Practice and Safe Care.

Our values, derived from the vision of our co-founders Judith Kelleher and Anita Dorr, guide our priorities.

We value:

  • The inclusion and contributions of nursing in collaboration with healthcare partners to explore solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery
  • Compassion as an essential element of the emergency nursing profession
  • And embrace inclusion and diversity in all interactions and initiatives
  • The team-based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses
  • Lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery, translation and integration of evidenced-based research into emergency nursing practice
  • Our Code of Ethics and adheres to the principles of honesty and integrity
  • The spirit of philanthropy which allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improving the lives of patients throughout the world.

And we place the highest value on our members for their contributions to the care of patients and their families, the emergency nursing profession, and our organization.

Five-Year Strategic Plan

ENA Has 2020 Vision

Whether it’s to be further recognized as the authority and premier community for emergency nursing, or a leading influential voice on emergency healthcare policy and regulatory issues, ENA has a five-year strategic plan comprised of five guiding pillars:

  • Community
  • Knowledge
  • Quality & Safety
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

 The plan was updated and approved by the ENA Board of Directors in Sept. 2017 to reflect ENA's current organizational priorities.

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Annual Report

The Year of Integrity

When we look back at 2017, we see integrity in the face of destruction, violence, and abuse. We see emergency nurses making sure they know how to identify victims of abuse in order to defend them. We see emergency nurses responding to colleagues in areas of hurricane devastation with 
“Tell me how I can help.” We see emergency nurses true to their calling and their trust, standing up and speaking out for what’s right. Learn more in our 2017 Annual Report.

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Academy of Emergency Nursing

Since 2004, the Academy of Emergency Nursing has honored emergency nurses who have made enduring, substantial contributions to emergency nursing. Academy inductees, known as Fellows, have advanced the profession of emergency nursing, including the healthcare system in which emergency nursing is delivered. This prestigious group provides visionary leadership to ENA and the Academy.

Academy of Emergency Nursing


ENA is proud to bestow a variety of prestigious annual awards to emergency nurses and emergency departments. These awards exemplify excellence in emergency nursing practice, local state and chapter operations, and emergency department operations.

Lantern Award

A recognition award given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care.

Lantern Award

Achievement Awards

Recognizes individuals who exemplify exceptional performance in professional practice, innovation, leadership, and/or advocacy. Achievement Award recipients have been described as role models, mentors, and emergency nursing at its finest.

Awards & Recognition

State Council Achievement Awards

The State Achievement Awards recognize ENA state councils for achieving best practices and organizational excellence in the core areas of association management including Administration/Governance, Communication/Public Relations, Education, Membership, and Advocacy/Government Affairs.

Congratulations to the 2017 State Council Achievement Award recipients:

  • Arizona ENA State Council
  • Illinois ENA State Council
  • Indiana ENA State Council
  • Louisiana ENA State Council
  • Minnesota ENA State Council
  • North Carolina ENA State Council
  • South Dakota ENA State Council
  • Texas ENA State Council

2017 State Council Innovative Project Award Recipients
Minnesota ENA State Council
For helping increase road safety by holding a CarFit technician training class and CarFit event to assess and educate older drivers

Texas ENA State Council
For the establishment of the Ansley Faith Gollihugh Assistance Fund


Journal of Emergency Nursing Awards

The “JEN Reviewer of the Year” and “JEN Author of the Year” awards recognize excellence in contributions to the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Congratulations to the 2018 JEN award recipients:
JEN Reviewer of the Year: Christian Burchill, PhD, RN, CEN

JEN Author(s) of the Year:
For the article, “Voluntary Medication Error Reporting by ED Nurses: Examining the Association with Work Environment” -March 2017 issue.
Amany Farag, PhD, RN
Mary Blegen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Amalia Gedney-Lose, BSN, RN
Daniel Lose BSN, RN
Yelena Perkhounkova, PhD

For the article "Validating Signs and Symptoms from an Actual Mass Casualty Incident to Characterize an Irritant Gas Syndrome (GSA) Exposure: A First Step in the Development of a Novel ISGA Triage Algorithm" - July 2017 issue
Joan Culley, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, CWOCN, FAAN
Jane Richter, DrPH, MSN, MA, RN
Sara Donevant, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CCRN
Abbas Tavakoli, DrPH
Jean Craig, PhD
Salvatore DiNardi, PhD, CIH, FAIHA


ENA Recognition

We are honored to be recognized by several national organizations such as the American Society for Association Executives for our work advocating for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing. ENA was recently honored for excellence in areas ranging from Ebola crisis communications to redesigned membership materials and a successful online learning management system launch.

2017 Gold Circle Award2017 Abila Excellence2016 Power of A Silver PR News Digital PR Awards_WINNER2015 2015 Power of A Gold Circle

Working to promote safe practice and safe care.