patricia_kunz_400x500 Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, is the 2019 President of the Emergency Nurses Association.

Howard is the Enterprise Director for Emergency Services at University of Kentucky Healthcare. She oversees the clinical and business operations for emergency services at an academic medical center verified as an adult and pediatric trauma center, the UK Chandler Hospital and Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, UKHC Emergency Communications and Ground Transport, and the UK Good Samaritan Emergency Department. In her 18 years at UKHC, she has held several positions including operations manager for emergency Services and emergency services staff development specialist at the UK Chandler Hospital. She concurrently held the position of EMS training coordinator for Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services since 1990.

Howard has been actively involved in ENA at the local, state and national level since 1990. She was President of the Bluegrass Chapter and the Kentucky ENA State Council. Howard spent more than two decades as a TNCC and ENPC faculty member because she believes it is essential for emergency nurses to have the knowledge needed to provide excellent care. She remains committed to ensuring that emergency nurses have the resources they need to provide care for every patient

Howard served on the ENA Board of Directors from 2000-06, and was ENA’s 34th president in 2005. She also has been a trustee and chairperson of the ENA Foundation. She played key roles on several national committees: The American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee from 2010-13; the Emergency Nurses Association Future of Nursing Committee in 2011-12, and as the 2013-14 ENA Trauma Committee chairperson. Howard is passionate about emergency nursing and the care of patients and families, and she is a strong advocate for family presence during resuscitation and pediatric injury prevention.

In 2008, Howard was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing. She received the 2011 Judith C. Kelleher Award from ENA for consistently demonstrating excellence in emergency nursing, making significant contributions to the profession of nursing, and to the specialty of emergency nursing. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the 50 most distinguished alumni by the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. In 2012, Howard was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Howard earned her ADN from Salem College in West Virginia, and her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in nursing from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests focus on injury prevention initiatives and emergency department pain management. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, and the American Heart Association.

Term as President: January 2019-December 2019
Term as President-elect: January 2018-December 2018
Term as Director: January 2015-December 2017

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