Stephen J. Stapleton


Stephen J. Stapleton, PhD, RN, CEN

Stephen J. Stapleton, PhD, MS, RN, CEN
Normal, Illinois
Candidate for Director
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Current Employment
Assistant Professor
Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University
Professional Credentials/Certifications
PhD, 2010 University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
MSN, 1994 Aurora University
BSN, 1982 Saint Louis University
MS, 1980 Western Illinois University
BS, 1979 Western Illinois University

2013 ENA Board Mentoring Program
2010-2011 RN Core Competencies in Emergency Care Work Team
2009-2013 Leadership Conference
2008-2009 Institute for Emergency Nursing Research
2007-2013 General Assembly Delegate
2013-2014 Immediate Past-President, Illinois ENS State Council
2011-2012 President, Illinois ENA State Council
2009-2010 President-elect, Illinois ENA State Council
2009 Communications Committee
2005-2007 Evidence Based Practice Committee
2010-Present BCEN CEN Exam Construction and Review Committee
2007-2009 BCEN CEN Item Writer
American Nurses Association
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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

Communication is key to Safe Practice and Safe Care. We use several forms of communication (verbal, non-verbal, and written) when we are at the stretcher-side working as a team while we assess and stabilize patients. We also use several communication formats when we are away from the stretcher-side to promote our practice through the media, legislation, evidence base practice & research.
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Statement To The Membership
I chose to actively participate in ENA because I believe in ENA’s mission, vision, values, and traditions. I believe in ENA’s mission to “advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice”. I believe ENA is achieving excellence through its advocacy for ED nurses. I believe ENA supports its members through its legislative endeavors, clinical guidelines, research efforts, publications, and collaboration with our health care colleagues. I wish to continue building upon the strengths of ENA while tackling perceived weaknesses. This is why I want to serve as a member of the board of directors.

When elected this year to the board of directors my primary goal will be to listen to and engage the membership. I will seek out new ideas and listen to constructive feedback and often ask those I am conversing with, "what would you do if you were on the board of directors?” Than I will then synthesize this information and use it to inform me and my fellow board members when making decisions regarding ENA business.

I believe it is the responsibility of the board of directors to actively listen to the members and make decisions based on what is the greater good of the organization. It is only when we have gathered and analyzed all relevant information that we can truly begin to formulate an informed decision. Once decisions are made, it is then the responsibility of the organization to communicate these decisions to the membership. As a member of the board of directors, I am eager to fulfill this role.
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No conflicts disclosed.

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