Follow The Flame

The ENA Lantern represents the incredible work members do every day and inspires members to accomplish even more for their patients, their communities and ENA.

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The lantern symbolizes exceptional practice and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. Lanterns are making their way around the world highlighting the incredible work done by local, state and international ENA members. The 2018 Planning Guide offers suggestions and provides direction on how to showcase your lantern on ENA’s social media channels, so we can all #followtheflame on its journey.

Planning Guide


 #FollowTheFlame Summer Challenge


Post the most ENA Lantern sightings on social media, and your state could be recognized at Emergency Nursing 2018!

We’re calling on members to post as many quality pictures with the lantern as possible by Aug. 31. The state council with the most combined pictures or videos posted on social media will receive an award from ENA President Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN, during the opening session at the ENA conference in Pittsburgh.

The winning state will also be featured in a future issue of ENA Connection and, of course, on ENA’s social media channels.

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Quick Tips for the Challenge

Although this challenge is based on the quantity of photos and video a state posts on social media, participants must follow some guidelines to ensure the posts are quality, thought-provoking and value-added promotions of the ENA Follow the Flame initiative, which is meant to showcase our members’ invaluable contribution to health care and the emergency nursing specialty.

  • Pictures and videos must be posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Aug. 31 to be counted
  • The ENA Lantern must be in plain view
  • Each social media post must include:
    • #FollowtheFlame
    • @ENAorg
    • Name of the representing state council (chapter identification optional)
  • Posts should include at least one emergency nurse. However, guest speakers and non-nurse event participants are also welcome, as long as the circumstances surrounding the image clearly relate to emergency nursing. Celebrities are an exception to the rule. If you run into Tom Hanks in an airport and he’s willing to hold the lantern in a picture, you should definitely do that, and we will definitely count it
  • A maximum of five (5) posts at any one event will be counted toward the state’s final tally
  • Each photo must be unique –posts from the same event that include the same people will be counted only once

Previous posts will count toward the corresponding state’s tally. That includes any approved photos posted before the State and Chapter Leadership Orientation event in January. These earlier posts are exempt from the state identification, hashtag and ENA tagging rules above. However, we strongly suggest states consider reposting older photos without these identifying features for the best chance of being discovered and counted. ENA is not responsible for not counting unidentified or untagged photos posted prior to SCLO.

For information on the “Follow the Flame” initiative – including complete posting do’s and don’ts, as well as tips and suggestions – visit the 2018 Planning Guide.

Email with any questions.

Good luck and have fun!

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