There are many ways for ENA members to get involved. Take a moment to review the type of activity that best fits your experience and time commitment.
ENA has three distinct options for volunteering: Committees, Work Teams and Institutes / Advisory Councils.
ENA Committees reflect the key areas of focus for ENA as determined by the board of directors. Committees are typically ongoing with two to three year terms depending on the area of focus and outcomes. The committees are established to provide subject matter expertise in trauma care for key patient segments: general, pediatric and geriatric. Committees have a chairperson, staff liaison and board liaison in addition to the committee members. Each committee has a specific charge that is reviewed and approved annually by the board of directors. There are three standing committees as defined in the ENA bylaws: Finance, Resolutions and Nominations. There are 13 committees in 2016. The call for 2017 committees will be in June. Committees have different meeting formats; some meet on-site at ENA headquarters; others conduct business via conference call or webinars. Please consider your schedule when applying for one of these positions.
Work Teams are typically associated with completing a single set of tasks over a set period of time. Generally, work team members do not rotate off; they remain until charges are completed. Work teams sunset once the charges are completed unless they are continued based on a board decision. Currently there are five work teams: Certified Emergency Nursing (CEN) Review Manual; Emergency Nurses Wellness, Geriatric, TNCC/ENPC Instructor Course Revision and Uniformed Services.
Institutes - Advisory Councils
ENA has four Institutes that are structured based on emergency nursing education and training:
Institute for Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice,
Institute for Emergency Nursing Education
Institute for Emergency Nursing Research
Institute of Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention
Institutes are organizational units formed around a concentrated focus for purposes of prominence, professional identity, and visibility. ENA institutes are established to advance the field of emergency nursing and emergency care through research and evidence-based educational/training programs and practice resources. Advisory councils have rotating terms that range from 1 to 2 years.
In addition to the institutes, ENA has three advisory councils:
Emergency Medical Services, and International
To provide a forum for ENA members to connect throughout the year, ENA will be launching online communities based on member segments and type of practice. These communities allow members to access prior discussions and post content. The ENA Listservs will be replaced by the online communities in April 2016.