Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action... 

Aligned with ENA's organizational goals, the need for equity and inclusiveness in health care has never been greater. The Emergency Nurses Association is firmly committed to embracing the diversity of its members, staff, organization, profession, and, ultimately, the patient communities it serves.

DEI Vision Statement
The Emergency Nurses Association will create a culture and climate of mutual respect, inclusion and equity that empowers its members, volunteers, and staff to create healthy environments within our organization and within the emergency nursing community.

The work of this program aligns with ENA’s core value of inclusion and directly impacts the Community and Culture goals by creating a welcoming environment that encourages diversity of thought and inclusivity for the emergency nursing community and nurtures and strengthens ENA's organizational culture.

DEI Mission Statement
ENA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives will guide and hold ENA accountable to provide consistent and intentionally impactful engagement within the highlighted goals below to foster change and growth throughout ENA, its members, staff, and the communities it serves.

  • Guide the profession to become better providers through greater awareness and understanding of the social determinant race has on health.
  • Develop educational opportunities that create awareness and understanding of the treatment of diverse patients.
  • Continue to be a thought leader and model association through its DEI efforts.

Key Definitions

This list of key terms is a starting place for mutual understanding and dialogue. Please explore additional resources for a more comprehensive DEI framework.

Diversity includes all ways people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives and values. (Harvard Human Resources) 

Equity ensures that all individuals receive just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Equity creates conditions where all individuals are allowed authentic engagement into a society (i.e., local community, place of employment, profession, etc.) where their viewpoints and opinions are valued. (Harvard Human Resources) 

Inclusion: Authentically brining traditionally excluded individuals and/ or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources. (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Harvard Human Resources: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Glossary of Terms

The Language of Identity: Using Inclusive Language (University of Missouri) 

ENA Resources

ENA has compiled an array of content to support DEI learning and engagement. Come read, watch and learn with us on your DEI journey!

Structural Racism in Healthcare
Racism in Healthcare
Equity and Health Justice in the ED
Words Matter: Using and Promoting Inclusive and Unbiased Language

Podcast (Episode 42): Exploring What’s Next for DEI in Emergency Nursing
Anna Valdez, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN

Audio Interview: A Cultural Conversation: Health Care Equity and Access in a Pandemic
ENA member Donnella James, RN and New York Times best-selling author Mikki Kendall

Toolkit: Care of LGTQ Patients in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)
The toolkit is divided into eight sections, each of which speaks to unique considerations of emergency nursing in providing care to LGBTQ patients. Depending on learning needs, one may opt to read the toolkit in its entirety or focus on particular sections. Stories of LGBTQ patients in the emergency department are woven throughout, with a case study section at the end.

Non-Members click here.

Position Statement: Cultural Diversity and Gender Inclusivity in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)

Non-Members click here.

Topic Brief: Care of the Gender Expansive and Transgender Patient in the Emergency Care Setting (Member Access)

Non-Members click here.

Staff Recommendations

CDC Guide in Inclusive Language: Language in communication products should reflect and speak to the needs of people in the audience of focus. The following provides some preferred terms for select population groups, represents an ongoing shift toward non-stigmatizing language.

What Should I Say: Hispanic? Latino? Latina? Latinx? Afro-Latinx?: These terms are commonly used interchangeably to address the Hispanic community-learn what each of these terms means and how you can best apply them, depending on the situation.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: In her 1989 essay, published in Peace and Freedom Magazine, American scholar Peggy McIntosh reflects on white privilege, and offers readers the opportunity to do the same by sharing 50 examples of white privilege in everyday life.

NPR Workplace Diversity: Steps for Leaders/Managers

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Chicago): Bystander Intervention training

Ten "Must watch" Black History Documentaries (developed by PBS.org)

American Archive of Public Broadcasting: In collaboration with the Library of Congress, GBH in Boston has worked to preserve material on Black subjects from public radio and television programs, digitizing it and making it available online for free. This includes - more than 40,000 hours of content by Black authors, journalists, musicians, and politicians who were given a platform through public broadcasting.

Member Engagement

ENA is dedicated to promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity. Wherever you are in your DEI journey, here are ways that you can be more engaged and get involved with ENA.

  • Complete this short survey to share your ideas for DEI content.
  • Mark your calendars for the next call for volunteers (Fall 2022) for the DEI Member Committee.
  • If you have DEI expertise and/ or would like to refer a colleague, please contact: DEI@ena.org
  • Reflect, share, actively listen and always be willing to learn more!

Share your story with us at DEI@ena.org

  • Are you interested in sharing your DEI story?
  • Have you learned something in the DEI space?

DEI Committee: 2020-2021

Anna Valdez, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN (Chairperson)
Jennifer Bevacqua, RN, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC
Hershaw Davis, Jr., MSN, RN
Tangela Faulk, RN
Carlton Purvis, BSN, RN
Kaleena Soorma, MSN, RN
Ryan Oglesby, PhD, MHA, RN, CEN, CFRN, NEA-BC (Board Liaison)

Cultural Awareness Calendar

Join us in recognizing key dates that celebrate cultural, identity and group awareness.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-0ct. 15)
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • International Pronouns Day (Oct. 20)
  • Latinx Women’s Equal Pay Day (Oct. 29)
  • LGBTQ History Month
  • National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11)
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 11)
  • Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day (Oct. 1)
  • World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
  • Diwali (Nov. 4)
  • International Men’s Day (Nov. 19)
  • Native American Heritage Day (Nov. 26)
  • Transgender Day (20)
  • International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)
  • Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan.1)


Partner Participation

Interested in support of ENA’s DEI efforts? Here is how you can help:

  • Submit your educational and content recommendations to DEI@ena.org

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