Just as emergency nurses are advocates for safety and patient care, ENA is an equally determined advocate on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting emergency nurses and patients. ENA’s Government Relations team:
Here’s what you need to know about Federal issues impacting emergency nursing:Federal News Federal Letters of Support
Policies with the greatest impact on emergency nurses are often enacted at the state level. ENA’s Government Relations team tracks emergency medical and nursing-related legislation in all 50 states.
We work closely with leaders at the state level to identify, review, track, and advocate for legislative initiatives including workplace violence and injury prevention, as well as workforce issues such as safe staffing, safe patient handling, and nursing scope of practice.
We actively seek opportunities for members to influence the lawmaking process at the state level -- through grassroots campaigns or testifying in front of lawmakers in the state capitol.
The efforts of ENA members are critical in advancing the principles of “Safe Practice, Safe Care” for emergency nursing. The new Government Affairs toolkit is designed to assist state council leaders in influencing state lawmaker and agency officials as well as energizing and guiding ENA members to advocate on behalf of themselves and their patients.State Council Advocacy Toolkit
ENA works at the state level to support and secure passage of laws that allow law enforcement to charge individuals who assault emergency nurses with a felony. This map reflects which states have taken this important step to protect emergency nurses.ena workplace violence map
A grassroots advocate is someone who supports or promotes the interests of a proposal, cause, or group at the basic or fundamental level. ENA's grassroots advocates are members, friends, family, and anyone who supports emergency nursing. We rely on supporters to be actively engaged as grassroots advocates to effect change at the local, state, and national levels.
We established the EN411 Action Network to strengthen the voice of emergency nurses in the legislative and regulatory process.
Members of the EN411 Action Network are the first to hear about important opportunities to engage with policymakers through ENA's Action Alerts. They also receive a monthly newsletter highlighting news, issues, and legislation impacting emergency nursing. Join the thousands of emergency nurses who are already standing up and speaking out!Join EN411
Action Alerts are a quick and easy way for you to contact your legislators about a specific issue, bill, or vote. We will provide you with a sample letter that can be sent directly to your legislators. When possible, we always recommend you to personalize these communications.
Current Action Alerts
H.R. 4861 would create a new grant program to assist EDs in identifying, assessing and treating high risk patients.
H.R. 3593/ S. 1601 will improve safety of new cars to prevent heat stroke injuries and deaths.
S. 402/ H.R. 1082 will support the training of SANEs around the country.
S. 851/ H.R. 1309 would take steps to prevent and mitigate violence against health care and social service workers.