Mary Alice Vanhoy

Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P
Stevensville, MD
Candidate for Director

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Current Employment
Nurse Manager
Shore Health System-Queens Anne’s Emergency Center
Professional Credentials/Certifications
MSN, 2005- University of Phoenix, School of Nursing, Phoenix, AZ
BSN, 1995-University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
BS, 1982-Guilford College, Biology/Chemistry, Greensboro, NC
ADN,1979-Forsyth Technical College, Nursing, Winston-Salem, NC

1991-2000, 2004,2006-2012 General Assembly Delegate
2011-Present Member, ENA Leadership Conference Committee
2009-2011 Member, ENA Scope of Practice Workgroup
2008 ENA Professionalism Award
2008-Present CPEN Item Writer

1997,2008, 2011,2013 President, Maryland State Council
2005-Present Maryland EMS Board-Emergency Nurse
2001 Maryland Emergency Nurse of the Year
1991-Present Trauma /Pediatric Committee (Chairperson, 2012)
1991-Present Education Committee (Chairperson 2005,2007,2010,2012)
2012 Public Service Award, Queen Anne’s County
1994-1996,1999-2001,2005-2007 President, Eastern Shore Chapter
2005-Present Member, Sigma Theta Tau

What leadership attribute is essential to enhance the image and effectiveness of ENA?

As a membership-driven organization, ENA must address the leadership attribute of motivation as a means of enhancing its image and effectiveness. Motivation encompasses the ability to energize people to take an active role in defining their organization. With this energy comes creativity and commitment not only to ENA but to the profession of emergency nursing. Creativity and commitment supported by empowerment and inclusion provide the foundation for sustainability and growth. As the organization representing emergency nurses in all areas of practice from out-of-hospital, in-hospital or in a freestanding setting, each member must feel like they are valued personally. It is only then that they will see how not only what ENA can do for them but what they can do for ENA.
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I am an Emergency Nurse. That statement serves to define my profession but also my values and motivation. As a member of ENA for over 30 years, the collegiality of the organization and it’s membership provides mentoring and professional support in addition to the opportunity to develop long lasting personal and professional relationships. ENA has provided me with many opportunities in leadership and education. From leadership roles in the local and state councils to membership in national committees, my focus has always been on the members. As a delegate to the General Assembly, I expressed concern in reference to the Scope of Practice document which resulted ENA’s leadership appointing me to this workgroup. It is this ENA that I wish to serve.

Since childhood I have wanted to be in emergency services, I have set goals from becoming an emergency department nurse, paramedic (volunteer) obtaining certifications, faculty in courses and to presenting at local and national conference and serving on ENA committees. Another goal that I have yet to meet is that of being a member of the ENA Board of Directors.

When asked why I want to serve on the Board of Directors, my response is I would like to give back to the organization that has given me so much. I am a transformational leader, serving as a facilitator and a mentor who looks towards every opportunity to engage staff in the decision making process. This would be my goal as a member of the board. The terms transparency, empowering, membership-driven, expert resources and leadership serve to define my vision of ENA. To me these are more than just words, they would serve as the foundation of my decision making on the board.

I would appreciate the opportunity to serve you as a member of the ENA Board of Directors and would strive to make decisions that are in the best interest of the membership and the organization as we move into the future. My mission is that of ENA to “advocate safe quality patient care” and to support my colleagues achieving “excellence in emergency nurse practice”.
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