Chris Parker, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CFRN, CNL, TCRN, NPD-BC, NRP, is in his first year as a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors.

Inspired by nurses who took care of his dad when he was ill, Parker has worked his entire health care career in emergency services, starting as a prehospital provider in 1999. 

He took his first ED position at Centra Health in 2002 as an ED technician and has been with the same organization ever since holding several different roles including staff nurse, ED rapid response nurse, flight nurse and professional development specialist. He currently works as a senior clinical professional development practitioner assigned to the Emergency Services line for Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Parker has served ENA in various roles at the local, state and national level, including multiple terms on the Virginia ENA State Council as president and treasurer. He also spent six years at the Virginia ENA Representative to the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board. Parker continues as a TNCC and ENPC instructor and faculty.

Parker earned his associate degree in nursing from Jefferson College of Health Science, which is now known as Radford University – Carillion, in 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Liberty University in 2014 and his master’s degree in nursing as a clinical nurse leader from the University of Lynchburg in 2019.

Parker is passionate about mentoring front-line nurses to help them develop their clinical practice and leadership skills while ensuring they have the tools they need to practice safely.


Term as Director: January 2023 - December 2025

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