Aligned with ENA's organizational goals, the need for equity and inclusiveness in health care has never been greater. The Emergency Nurses Association is firmly committed to embracing the diversity of its members, staff, organization, profession, and, ultimately, the patient communities it serves.
DEI Vision Statement
The Emergency Nurses Association will create a culture and climate of mutual respect, inclusion and equity that empowers its members, volunteers, and staff to create healthy environments within our organization and within the emergency nursing community.
The work of this program aligns with ENA’s core value of inclusion and directly impacts the Community and Culture goals by creating a welcoming environment that encourages diversity of thought and inclusivity for the emergency nursing community and nurtures and strengthens ENA's organizational culture.
DEI Mission Statement
ENA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives will guide and hold ENA accountable to provide consistent and intentionally impactful engagement within the highlighted goals below to foster change and growth throughout ENA, its members, staff, and the communities it serves.
Chair, ENA DEI Committee
Anna Valdez, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAADN
Department Chair, School of Nursing
Sonoma State University
“One of my favorite resources for nurses who want to understand and abolish racism is Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing.”
ENA DEI Executive Champion
Terrence Sykes, MBA
Chief Growth Officer, ENA
One of my favorite quotes is from Thurgood Marshall, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
ENA Staff DEI Council
The volunteer Staff Council consists of 25 members representing all departments and divisions of ENA.
This list of key terms is a starting place for mutual understanding and dialogue. Please explore additional resources for a more comprehensive DEI framework.
Diversity includes all ways people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives and values. (Harvard Human Resources)
Equity ensures that all individuals receive just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Equity creates conditions where all individuals are allowed authentic engagement into a society (i.e., local community, place of employment, profession, etc.) where their viewpoints and opinions are valued. (Harvard Human Resources)
Inclusion: Authentically brining traditionally excluded individuals and/ or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources. (National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Anna Valdez, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN (Chairperson)
Hershaw Davis, Jr., MSN, RN
Jennifer Bevacqua, RN, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC
Tangela Faulk, RN
Aaron Dinger, MSN, BSN, RN
Debra Wilcox, BSN, RN
Giavonie Sannuti, BSN, RN, CPN, ENP-C
Jen Kinson, RN
Matthew J. Benevides, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN
Nancy Mannion, DNP, MS, RN, CEN, FAEN
Joop Breuer, RN, FAEN (Board Liaison)
Join ENA in recognizing key dates that celebrate cultural, identity and group awareness.
March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
April: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
June: Pride Month
June: Juneteenth (observed)
ENA has compiled an array of content to support DEI learning and engagement. Come read, watch and learn with us on your DEI journey!
LGBTQIA2+ Inclusivity in Pregnancy Related Care
Structural Racism in Healthcare
Racism in Healthcare
Equity and Health Justice in the ED
Words Matter: Using and Promoting Inclusive and Unbiased Language
Podcast (Episode 42): Exploring What’s Next for DEI in Emergency Nursing
Anna Valdez, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN
Audio Interview: A Cultural Conversation: Health Care Equity and Access in a Pandemic
ENA member Donnella James, RN and New York Times best-selling author Mikki Kendall
Toolkit: Care of LGBTQ Patients in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)
The toolkit is divided into eight sections, each of which speaks to unique considerations of emergency nursing in providing care to LGBTQ patients. Depending on learning needs, one may opt to read the toolkit in its entirety or focus on particular sections. Stories of LGBTQ patients in the emergency department are woven throughout, with a case study section at the end.
Non-Members click here.
Position Statement: Cultural Diversity and Gender Inclusivity in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)
Non-Members click here.
Topic Brief: Care of the Gender Expansive and Transgender Patient in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)
Non-Members click here.
CDC Guide in Inclusive Language: Language in communication products should reflect and speak to the needs of people in the audience of focus. The following provides some preferred terms for select population groups, represents an ongoing shift toward non-stigmatizing language.
What Should I Say: Hispanic? Latino? Latina? Latinx? Afro-Latinx?: These terms are commonly used interchangeably to address the Hispanic community-learn what each of these terms means and how you can best apply them, depending on the situation.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: In her 1989 essay, published in Peace and Freedom Magazine, American scholar Peggy McIntosh reflects on white privilege, and offers readers the opportunity to do the same by sharing 50 examples of white privilege in everyday life.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting: In collaboration with the Library of Congress, GBH in Boston has worked to preserve material on Black subjects from public radio and television programs, digitizing it and making it available online for free. This includes - more than 40,000 hours of content by Black authors, journalists, musicians, and politicians who were given a platform through public broadcasting.
ENA is dedicated to promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity. Wherever you are in your DEI journey, here are ways that you can be more engaged and get involved with ENA.
Share your story with us at DEI@ena.org
Interested in support of ENA’s DEI efforts? Here is how you can help: