ENA Achievement Awards


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

This is your opportunity to recognize innovators, leaders, and those who continually go above and beyond the call of duty. Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to emergency nursing and deserves to join this exclusive and prestigious group?


The submission deadline for all Awards has passed. Nomination forms are now closed.

The next cycle of awards will become available in early January, 2021.


Please contact AnnualAwards@ena.org with any questions

Award Categories

To review requirements and criteria for each award, click on the highlighted award titles below.


Please Note:

Only one complete submission form, per nominee, per category, will be accepted. (2 narratives may be submitted separately.)

If multiple individuals wish to contribute content, we suggest drafting a Microsoft Word document; the "nominator" can then copy content into the nomination form and submit on behalf of the group.


  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: recognizes excellence as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency care setting. The CNS is recognized by the emergency department staff as an expert, in practice or education, who makes significant contributions to practice or to the professional development of others.
  • Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award: recognizes excellence as a nurse practitioner in emergency care. The NP is recognized by peers, nursing and physician colleagues, and patients as a clinical expert who delivers compassionate, competent care in an emergency care setting. The recipient is actively involved in promoting the role of NPs and strengthening the image of NPs in emergency care.
  • Nurse Manager Award: recognizes a nurse in an emergency nursing management role who has consistently demonstrated excellence in the profession of emergency nursing and has made significant contributions
  • Nurse Researcher Award: recognizes an individual nurse who has made significant contributions to the profession of nursing or the specialty of emergency nursing by conducting research, disseminating research findings or using research to improve outcomes
  • Nursing Competency in Aging Award: recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the care of the older adult in the emergency care setting and/or the older adult in a community program
  • Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award: recognizes a nurse who exemplifies outstanding nursing practice as demonstrated through clinical skills, care and compassion. This nurse is recognized by peers as an expert in emergency nursing and consistently exhibits traits associated with professional behavior and commitment to professional values. This individual may demonstrate outstanding commitment to a specialty population such as pediatrics or older adults within the specialty of emergency nursing.
  • Pediatric Readiness Improvement Award: recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve readiness in caring for children in the emergency care setting.


  • Barbara A. Foley Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award: recognizes a nurse who has developed, implemented or advocated for quality, safety and/or injury prevention initiatives that have resulted in improved outcomes in the emergency care setting or at the local, state or national level
  • Gail P. Lenehan Advocacy Award: recognizes a nurse who has had a positive impact on emergency nurses through a sustained commitment of advocacy for emergency nurses’ well-being and welfare or the welfare of vulnerable populations
  • Nursing Education Award: recognizes a nurse who has made significant contributions to the education of colleagues, nursing students, EMS personnel, patients, families and/or the community through the publication of articles, formal or informal courses or the development of a specific emergency nursing program or curriculum
  • Rising Star Award: recognizes a new ENA member (member less than five years) who has made a significant contribution to ENA as exhibited by promotion of ENA as the professional organization for emergency nurses at the local, state or national level

Special Categories

  • Judith C. Kelleher Award: This award, named after one of ENA’s co-founders, honors a member of ENA who has consistently demonstrated excellence in emergency nursing and has made significant contributions to the profession and to ENA. The award is presented at the Anita Dorr luncheon during ENA’s Emergency Nursing Conference.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: honors a nurse whose career achievements reflect dedicated service, accomplishments and/or contributions to emergency nursing that have value to emergency nursing beyond the recipient’s lifetime


  • Behind the Scenes Award: recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions, behind the scenes, to promote ENA’s mission of advocating for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice through their support of a member or members; an ENA advocate who is often seen but not heard and who donates countless hours to assist an ENA member or members in achieving local, state or national goals.
  • Media Award: recognizes a media presentation (television, radio, internet or print) that portrays emergency nursing in a positive, accurate and professional manner. This presentation may have been created to educate the consumer about emergency nursing/emergency care issues or advocate for issues in emergency nursing/emergency care.
  • State Council/Chapter Government Affairs Award: recognizes an ENA State Council or Chapter for outstanding efforts to increase member involvement in government affairs and advance public policy supporting nursing, safety, health care and/or injury prevention issues
  • Team Award: recognizes a group or committee that has made a significant contribution toward achieving ENA’s mission through the development of a sustainable project or program

2020 Award Recipients

Barbara A. Foley Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award 
Courtney R. Edwards, DNP, MPH, RN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN, NEA-BC

Behind the Scenes Award 
Robert E. Sapién, MD, MMM, FAAP

Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award 
Wesley D. Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN

Gail Lenehan Advocacy Award 
Barbara Baldwin, RN

Judith C. Kelleher Award 
Christine M. Gisness, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, TCRN, FAEN 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Nurse Manager Award
Vanessa Gorman, MSN, BSN, RN, FCENA, FAEN

Nurse Researcher Award
Joseph Kennon, BSN, RN, NREMT-P, CEN, CPEN

Nursing Competency in Aging Award
Denise Cadle Rhew, PhD, RN, CNS, CEN

Nursing Education Award
Cathlyn Robinson, MN, RN, CEN

Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award
Tina Williams, MSN, MBA, RN

Pediatric Readiness Improvement Award
Cynthia Wright-Johnson, MSN, RN

Rising Star Award
Lauren Plaine, BSN, RN, CEN

State Council/Chapter Government Affairs Award

Colorado ENA State Council


Team Award
Central Texas Stop the Bleed Team

Kayla Cehand, MSN, RN, CPN, CPST

Crissie Richardson, MS, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN

Please contact AnnualAwards@ena.org with any questions