Membership Model Restructure
ENA is preparing to launch a new membership and pricing structure that includes the first adjustments to member dues since 2015. This new membership model encourages early-career nurses to join, and stay with, ENA, while also creating merit-based lifetime memberships to reward the longevity of members.
The new graduated dues support newer nurses with affordable ENA memberships through their formative years. Lifetime memberships are earned after 20 consecutive years of ENA membership, with no dues paid once a member has reached this milestone.
Since the last dues increase in 2015, ENA has expanded member resources, benefits and overall membership value to its dedicated community of emergency nurses. This new approach puts ENA on a path to 60,000 members by 2026, growth that will further strengthen ENA as the premier organization for emergency nurses.
This page exists to answer the most common questions ENA is receiving about the new structure and will be updated frequently. Click the appropriate section below to see which questions may be most applicable to you:
Last updated March 2, 2023
- When are these changes taking effect?
- The updated membership structure is currently scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2023. ENA will continue to share updates with members via email, social media and the ENA website throughout the upcoming weeks and months prior to launch.
- I am set up for installment payments. Will my quarterly payment change mid-membership?
- Current memberships and installment schedules will not be affected. Changes to your membership will take effect at your next renewal. Visit your profile and click on “Manage my Membership” to view your expiration date. .
- My membership expires before the new membership structure launches, should I renew now?
- Yes, if your membership expires before the third quarter you should renew with the current membership options. You will be eligible for the new membership structure next year. This includes individuals who might already be eligible for lifetime membership. Renewing ensures you continue consecutive years of membership that will count toward lifetime membership.
- Am I able to renew now, even if I expire after the changes take effect?
- Yes – there are no penalties or downsides to renewing early – your membership is simply extended 12, 36, or 60 months (1, 3, or 5 years) – based on the renewal option you select. Renewals prior to the launch of the new structure will be at the current prices indicated here.
- I’m a military member, how does this affect me?
- Military members receive 10 percent off the regular rate of membership, so the dues rate for one year military membership will be $112.50, with three and five year prices increasing proportionally. See the full dues chart.
- Will affiliate membership stay the same?
- Yes, the eligibility and price of affiliate membership remains the same.
- When will paid lifetime membership no longer be available?
- Lifetime memberships will no longer be available for purchase once the new membership structure launches to include the earned Lifetime Membership tier in the third quarter 2023. The official launch date is subject to change.
- I already paid for lifetime membership – how does this affect me?
- Existing members with paid lifetime memberships are grandfathered into lifetime membership and will not have to pay dues going forward.
- If my membership expires in the third quarter or after, and I qualify for lifetime membership, what are my next steps?
- The ENA Membership Team will contact you.
- I have between 15 and 17 years of consecutive membership – how do I achieve lifetime status?
- Members with 15 to 17 years of consecutive membership can purchase a three or five-year membership at current prices to extend their tenure to 20 years. Once they achieve 20 years, they will be notified and no longer required to renew or pay dues.
- Will there be any changes to group membership? Are early career individuals eligible for the group membership discount?.
- The Group Membership Program will remain, but eligibility on who receives the group discount will change. Early career members will count toward meeting the minimum number of members needed to start a group but will not receive the discount.
- I'm currently a student member, how does this affect me?
- If you're eligible for one of the early career membership categories, you can wait until the member structure is launched to renew, ENA will notify everyone when the change occurs. If you are concerned about lapse of membership, please contact the membership department here .
- I want to join today; how will this affect my membership in the future?
- You can join now at today’s rates, and Your membership type and dues once you are up for renewal will be based on this member chart .
- Should I wait to join until the new membership structure is launched?
- ENA understands if you graduated within the last three years you may want to wait to join. ENA would happily welcome you as a member when it makes financial sense to you, so sign up here to be contacted when the new structure is available.
Early Career Membership
- Can you define who falls into the early career category?
- Early-career nurses are defined as having completed their primary nursing education program within three or fewer years. As with all voting ENA member categories, a registered nurse (or equivalent) credential is required.
- If someone is new to the ED, are they eligible for the early career category?
- Early-career memberships are designed to support newer nurses regardless of specialty –ENA recognizes that while a career goal may be to be an ED nurse, it may not be their first job. Regardless, they are welcome to join for the association’s valuable continuing education and networking opportunities to pursue their long-term career goals with ENA
- What do state leaders need to know about the impact these changes will have on assessment revenue?
- There will be no impact to State or Chapter membership assessments in 2023, and ENA will work with the states to help inform them on how the assessments will impact each chapter. Changes to assessments will take effect in 2024.
- Will ENA discounts on membership dues impact states
- No, the assessment states receive is based off the full dues price.
- Will the new lifetime membership impact state assessments and income?
- Once a member earns lifetime membership, they will not pay dues and their state/chapter would not receive any further assessments.