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About ENA

The ENA mission is to advance excellence in emergency nursing. Our vision is to be the premier organization for the emergency nursing community worldwide.

Derived from the vision of ENA’s co-founders Judith Kelleher and Anita Dorr, our priorities are guided by these values and beliefs. ENA believes …

  • In the inclusion and contributions of nursing, in collaboration with healthcare partners worldwide, to explore innovative solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery.
  • Compassion is an essential element of the emergency nursing profession.
  • We should embrace inclusion, diversity and mutual respect in all interactions and initiatives to promote the essential value of different perspectives and experiences within emergency nursing.
  • In a team-based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses.
  • Emergency care evolves through lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery and integration of evidence-based research into emergency nursing practice.
  • Our Code of Ethics establishes and encourages adherence to principles of honesty and integrity.
  • The spirit of philanthropy allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improves the lives of patients throughout the world.
  • 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

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

  • Practice Environment
  • Education
  • Community
  • Culture

 The ENA Board of Directors updated and approved the plan in December 2019 to reflect ENA's current organizational priorities.

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Annual Report


In 2019, ENA and its members showed that being bold, collaborative and innovative are undeniable qualities needed to reach important milestones and achieve defining moments of greatness. With bold thinking, powerful collaborations and a spirit of innovation, ENA further strengthened what commitment to care meant in 2019, and into the future, for emergency nurses and their patients.

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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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