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?


2021 Hall of Honor Reception

ENA recently celebrated its best and brightest during a special virtual reception. Check out the recording below to view the 2021 ENA award recipients.



Click here to visit the Hall of Honor Virtual Museum to learn about the 2021 award recipients and award categories.

  • Click once on the walkway to begin
  • Use arrow keys to navigate through the virtual museum
    • Click on a picture for information on the award recipient
    • Click on the award name for information on the award
    • Click on the virtual header for information on the award category


The 2022 Annual Achievement Awards cycle will open on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
In the meantime, click on the highlighted award titles to review each award’s requirements and criteria.

Please note: Except for the Judith C. Kelleher and Lifetime Achievement Awards, nominees must have met the award’s prerequisites and demonstrated their achievements during the 12 months preceding the nomination.

Annual Achievement Awards recognize living persons rather than honor the deceased; therefore, posthumous award nominations cannot be accepted. A posthumous award may be given only if death of the award recipient occurs between the time nominations are closed and the recipients are announced.

Please contact AnnualAwards@ena.org with any questions


Award Categories

ENA is pleased to announce two new awards! Click on the links below for more information.


ENA Foundation Cornerstone Award: Annual award given to an individual or organization (corporations, non-profit partners, ENA Councils/Chapters) that has made significant contributions to the Foundation.

Crisis Response Team Award: recognizes an emergency department health care team that has risen above-and-beyond to achieve ENA’s mission by responding to the challenges of working during a crisis situation , such as public health crisis or natural or man-made disasters.

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.

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


  • 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

2021 Award Recipients

Barbara A. Foley Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award 
DeAnna Gillespie, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Texas

Behind the Scenes Award
Steve Snow, Texas

Crisis Response Team Awards 
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Emergency Department, Wisconsin
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Emergency Department, Indiana
University Hospital Emergency Department, New Jersey

Gail Lenehan Advocacy Award 
Karen Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN, Nebraska

Judith C. Kelleher Award 
Sally Snow, BSN, RN, CPEN, FAEN

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, Kentucky

Media Award
“Local Nurse Turns Grief into a Silver Lining” – Cathy Fox, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, FAEN, Virginia

Nurse Manager Award
Sue Anne Bell, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN, Michigan

Nurse Researcher Award
Sue Anne Bell, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN, Michigan

Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award
Curtis Townsend, MHA, RN, CEN, Texas

Rising Star Award
Dorine Barbre, BSN, RN, Texas

Team Award
Southwest Trailblazers Chapter 474 Indiana ENA

Please contact AnnualAwards@ena.org with any questions