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.
The Lantern Award is not easy to achieve, but once won, the Lantern Award designation is your ED’s for three years, and you may apply again.
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:
Lantern Award recipients receive a physical award to display in their emergency department as well as recognition through ENA publications and 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 and in advertisements).
The Lantern Award is open to all emergency departments who complete the application process and provide the required documentation as requested in the application. The award period is three years and recipients have the option of re-applying at the end of their award period. The application form is available online and must be completed online.
The first step on your journey to the Lantern Award is to review the Handbook, the Coaching Guide, and the FAQs completely to determine whether you can provide the measures and stories of excellence that are required to become an award winner. Application fees associated with this award are defined in the Lantern Award Handbook.
Application fee: $3,000 for all hospitals
After clicking the submit button at the end of your application, you will be provided with information regarding payment of the application fee. You may pay online with a credit card or you may print an invoice and mail final payment to ENA. The completed invoice must accompany the check.Payment is due 14 days following the submission deadline.
A browser other than Internet Explorer (i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox Mozilla or Apple Safari) must be used. As Microsoft no longer supports all versions of IE, the online application will not function in the IE browser.
Using the IE browser will result in problems in entering your responses. A different browser must be used. In addition, if a hospital is not using IE, but is having difficulty entering responses, it may be due to:
The responses are over the allotted word count. Edit your responses and try to copy/paste again.
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