ENA Lantern Award

The ENA Lantern Award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research — a way to showcase your ED’s accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care, and a visible symbol of your commitment to quality, safety, and a healthy work environment.


Your Lantern Award Story

The Lantern Award application asks you to tell your story. What you are proud of and what you do well is the story we want to hear.

The Lantern Award application includes quantitative questions that focus on performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of your emergency department. The qualitative questions require brief narratives or longer descriptive exemplars that highlight your emergency department’s excellence and innovation.

Your story, as you define it in your application, will cover each of these core areas:

  • Leadership – Practice: qualities that foster professional pride, confidence and a community of support for emergency nurses
  • Leadership – Operations: operational improvement activities and development of systems and processes
  • Education: instilling knowledge and competency through quality and accessible education
  • Advocacy: how the future of the emergency nursing profession and quality patient care are influenced through advocacy and innovation in your emergency department
  • Research – Practice: advancing the emergency nursing profession and practice through quality improvement, research and the evaluation of clinical outcomes.

Lantern Award recipients receive a physical award to display in their emergency department as well as recognition through ENA publications, conferences, and the ENA website. In addition, award recipients are entitled to use an official Lantern Award seal in communications and advertising for the duration of the award period (e.g., in email signatures, on your website).

The Lantern Award is open to all emergency departments who complete the online application. The award period is three years and recipients have the option of re-applying at the end of their award period.

Getting Started

The first step on your journey to the Lantern Award is to review the Handbook, Coaching Guide, and FAQs completely to determine whether you can provide the measures and stories of excellence that are required to become an award recipient.

The 2024 (Cycle 14) application is now closed.

Please contact LanternAward@ena.org with any questions.

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Application fee: $3,000 for all hospitals

Payment may be made prior to, during, or after completing the application.

Payment may be made via credit card, check or electronic transfer. Completed invoice (link below) must accompany check payments. All payments will be due by March 31, 2024.

ENA does not accept Purchase Orders.

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Find a current Lantern ED

ENA is pleased to announce the record-breaking 53 Lantern Award recipients for 2023!

Advocate Sherman Hospital Emergency Department – Elgin, IllinoisMount Sinai Hospital Emergency Department – New York, New York
Atrium Health Carolinas Adult Medical Center Emergency Department – Charlotte, North CarolinaNethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica – Santa Monica, California
Baptist Health Baptist Hospital ER – Miami, FloridaNicklaus Children's Hospital Emergency Department – Miami, Florida
Bayshore Medical Center, Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center – Holmdel, New JerseyNortheast Georgia Medical Center - Barrow Emergency Department – Winder, Georgia
Bethesda Arrow Springs Emergency Department – Lebanon, OhioNortheast Georgia Medical Center - Gainesville Emergency Department – Gainesville, Georgia
Cape Coral Hospital Emergency Department – Cape Coral, FloridaNorthwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Emergency Department – Winfield, Illinois
CentraState Medical Center Emergency Department – Freehold, New JerseyNYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health Emergency Department – Brooklyn, New York
Children's Hospital & Medical Center Emergency Department – Omaha, NebraskaNYU Langone Hospital, Brooklyn Emergency Department – Brooklyn, New York
CHOC Children's Hospital - Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department – Orange, CaliforniaNYU Langone Hospital, Long Island Emergency Department – Mineola, New York
ChristianaCare Wilmington Hospital Emergency Department – Wilmington, DelawareOrlando Health South Seminole Hospital Emergency Department – Longwood, Florida
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Emergency Department – Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesOverlook Medical Center Emergency Services, Union Campus, Atlantic Health System – Union, New Jersey
Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital Emergency Department – Garfield Heights, OhioPalomar Medical Center Escondido Emergency Department – Escondido, California;
Cleveland Clinic Weston Emergency Department – Weston, FloridaPiedmont Rockdale Hospital Emergency Department – Conyers, Georgia
El Camino Health, Mountain View Hospital Emergency Department – Mountain View, CaliforniaRose Medical Center Emergency Department – Denver, Colorado
Froedtert Hospital Emergency Department – Milwaukee, WisconsinRush University Medical Center Emergency Department – Chicago, Illinois
Glen Cove Hospital Emergency Department – Glen Cove, New YorkSharp Grossmont Hospital Emergency Department – La Mesa, California
Good Samaritan Hospital, Western Ridge Emergency Department – Cincinnati, OhioSharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Department – San Diego, California
Gundersen Lutheran Emergency and Urgent Care – La Crosse, WisconsinSt. Elizabeth Healthcare Grant County Emergency Department – Williamstown, Kentucky
Hackensack Meridian Health Old Bridge Medical Center Emergency Department – Old Bridge, New JerseyStanford Health Care - The Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department – Stanford, California
Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Emergency Department – Perth Amboy, New JerseySutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Emergency Services – Sacramento, California
HCA Florida Capital Hospital Emergency Department - Main – Tallahassee, FloridaThe Children's Hospital of San Antonio Emergency Department – San Antonio, Texas
Intermountain Medical Center Emergency Department – Murray, UtahThe Christ Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department - Liberty Township – Liberty Township, Ohio
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Emergency Department – Cooperstown, New YorkThe Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Department - Penn Medicine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Emergency Department - Trihealth – Oxford, OhioUPMC Hamot Emergency Department – Erie, Pennsylvania
MetroHealth Main Campus Medical Center Emergency Department – Cleveland, OhioVail Health Hospital Emergency Department – Vail, Colorado
Morristown Medical Center, Sameth Emergency Department – Morristown, New JerseyWashington Regional Medical Center Emergency Department – Fayetteville, Arkansas
 White Plains Hospital Emergency Department – White Plains, New York


2022 Virtual Hall of Honor Gallery 2022 lantern award recipients
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Click here to visit the 2021 Virtual Hall of Honor Gallery

2021 Lantern Award Recipients - 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 Lantern Award recipients.