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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 during the prior year in the following core areas: administration/governance; communications/public relations; education; membership; and advocacy/government affairs.

Congratulations to the 2019 State Council Achievement Award recipients:

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



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 2019 JEN award recipients:
JEN Reviewer of the Year: Laura Criddle, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, CFRN, APRN-BC, CCNS, NREMT-P, FAEN

JEN Author(s) of the Year:
For their article, “Use of a Standardized Procedure to Improve Behavioral Health Patients’ Care: A Quality Improvement Initiative,” in the January 2018 issue of Journal of Emergency Nursing
Elizabeth Winokur, PhD, RN, CEN
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH
Glenn Raup, PhD, MBA, RN, CEN


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.

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