Patricia Kunz Howard

Patricia Howard Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Lexington, Kentucky
Candidate for Director
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Current Employment
Operations Manager,
Emergency Services University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital
EMS Training Coordinator, Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services
Professional Credentials/Certifications
CEN; CPEN; NE-BC, TNCC Faculty; ENPC Faculty; ACLS Instructor, PALS Instructor, PEPP Course Coordinator
ADN, 1978 Salem College, Salem, WV
BSN, 1983 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
MSN, 1990 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
PhD, 2004 University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2013, 2012, 1997, 1990-94 General Assembly Delegate
2013 Chairperson, Trauma Committee
2011-2012 Chairperson, Future of Nursing Workgroup
2011-2012 SBIRT Regional Mentor
2007-2010, 2000-03 ENA Foundation Board of Trustees (Chairperson, 2010)
2006-2008 Crowding Workgroup (Chairperson)
2000-2006 ENA Board of Directors (President, 2005)
1994-1999 Annual Conference Committee (Chairperson, 1998-1999 )
1992-1993 Pediatric Committee (Chairperson, 1993)
2013 Government Affairs, Kentucky State Council (Chairperson, 2013)
2000-2003 Pediatric Committee Kentucky State Council (Chairperson)
1998-2000, 1991-2 Treasurer, Kentucky State Council
1996-1997 Education Committee Kentucky State Council (Chairperson)
1994-1995 Trauma Committee, Kentucky State Council (Chairperson)
1993 President, Kentucky ENA State Council
1986-2004 Education Committee (Chairperson, 1988-2002), Bluegrass Chapter
2011 Judith A. Kelleher Award
2005-2008 Member, Nursing Organizations Alliance Coordinating Team
2006-2010 Member, ANA Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics
1992-present Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Psi Chapter

Position Statement
What attribute is essential to enhance ENA’s mission of Safe Practice and Safe Care?

Trust is critical to ENA’s mission of Safe Practice and Safe Care. Emergency nurses are trusted to care for patients during their most vulnerable life events. As such, emergency nurses should be able to trust evidence presented to them as members of a member organization, regardless of whether it relates to current best practice, fiduciary responsibilities, or advocacy events.
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Statement To The Membership
I believe in the mission of ENA and in the emergency nurses who provide care around the world. Because of this belief and my personal conviction that patients receive the care they need and emergency nurses have the resources needed to provide that care that I am running for the position of Director.

ENA was founded on the tenets of education and networking. This organization’s member relevance, professional reputation, and legacy are dependent on an infrastructure that supports the founding principles. Members, with dedicated staff developed ENA into a respected professional nursing organization through educational offerings of TNCC and ENPC, successful conferences, and advocacy initiatives, many of which began through early injury prevention activities. ENA has experienced success at many levels, increasing membership, being viewed as essential members of inter-professional collaborations, and legislative advocacy. With success come greater expectations. Now more than ever ENA has to be responsive to member concerns, maintain the utmost credibility as a professional nursing organization, and be good stewards of member resources.

Many members will wonder why after serving as a President of ENA I have chosen to ask for your support as a candidate for Director. It is because of my passion for this member driven organization that I have made this decision. Members are the life blood of ENA; it is through your efforts that we have collectively been successful. Innovative measures are needed to ensure that our courses and resources do not become cost prohibitive to our members. Advocacy efforts need to be congruent with what member concerns.

I am vested in evidence based practice, education that has relevance for emergency nursing and advocacy that meets the needs of our members and our patients. What is good for emergency nurses is exceptional for our profession; it is imperative that elected leaders of ENA keep these facts at the forefront at all times.
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No conflicts disclosed.


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