Lauren Plaine, MPS, BSN, RN, CEN, is in her first year as a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors.

Plaine is an emergency nurse focused on national-level guidance and strategic leadership as a Senior Analyst at Gryphon Scientific, LLC. Her work includes analysis of emerging threats to national security; emergency management planning, policy and training for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents and materials; and development of strategic guidance to reduce antimicrobial resistance. Previously, Plaine worked as a nurse stretcher side in a variety of settings including rural, free-standing, and Level I trauma emergency departments.

She has been actively involved in the ENA at the national, state and local levels. Plaine was the ENA Board of Directors inaugural Emerging Professional Liaison in 2018. She’s also served on ENA’s Advocacy Advisory Council and Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee. With the Virginia ENA State Council, Plaine held many leadership roles, including president-elect and secretary. At the local level in Virginia, she served as president and in other leadership positions.

Plaine received ENA’s 2020 Rising Star Award and was honored as part of ENA Connection’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2021. She also has presented at many national conferences and as a guest speaker at Georgetown University.

Plaine earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University and went on to complete her master’s degree in emergency and disaster management from Georgetown University. Her graduate research focused on Crisis Standards of Care within COVID-19, which was later published in the Journal of Emergency Management. 

Term as Director: January 2024-December 2026

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