Welcome to ENA’s dedicated APRN page!

A one-stop-shop for all things related to advanced practice nursing including education, practice resources, upcoming events and more. We are here to support you, so you can focus on your patients.

What is Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice at ENA?

ENA is dedicated to supporting all emergency advanced practice nurses including Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurses Specialists. To show this support, ENA established the Institute for Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice in 2014. Since that time, the ENAP Advisory Council has provided ENA with guidance on key topics specific to advanced practice and has developed a variety of resources needed to support its growing APRN members.

Featured Council Member

June 2021 Tresa Zielinski

Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, is a current member of the Emergency Nurses Association Advance Practice Council. She also serves on the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Pediatric Readiness Project zielinskiSteering Committee through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and NAPNAP Partners. A pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, she earned her doctorate in nursing leadership focusing on quality improvement and nursing leadership in 2011 from Rush University. With a clinical focus in pediatric emergency medicine, Tresa has presented extensively at the national level on pediatric health care issues including pediatric kidney and cardiac disease, as well as emergency care and human trafficking. Prior to serving as NAPNAP’s president, she was president of its Illinois Chapter in 2005-06 and NAPNAP's executive board communications chair from 2009-13. Tresa has served on more than a dozen medical missions to Guatemala and was on the board of directors for Latin American Medical Providers a former non-profit organization. She remains involved with Rush University and Villanova University as a lecturer, mentor and preceptor.


Advanced Practice CONNECT Community

The Advanced Practice CONNECT Community is a space for members to network, ask questions, and focus on topics relevant to advanced practice. All ENA members with advanced practice credentials are automatically added to the community. Already a member? Click here to log in and access the community! Not a member? Learn more about membership here.

ENAP is in the process of developing a library for APRN-specific guidelines and recommendations used in clinical practice. The APRN Library will be located in the Advanced Practice CONNECT community.

ENAP Advisory Council

Information coming soon!

What’s New with ENAP?

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APRN Social Hours

APRN Virtual Social Hours began in 2020 and have provided a fun and casual way for APRNs to discuss topics relevant to their practice and check in with colleagues who share the same experiences in clinical practice.

Upcoming dates and times:

These are ENA members-only events – login to register!

  • Jun 21 6-7 p.m. Central time
    When to Crawl, Walk or Run! Register today!
  • Jul 19 6-7 p.m. Central time
    What’s your APRN Career Path and Networking Challenges? Register today!


APRN dedicated sessions at Emergency Nursing 2021

More information coming soon! Visit ena.org/EN21 for information about the event.


APRN Pharmacology Series
Updated annually with new topics, the APRN Pharmacology Series is a collection of recorded webinars focused on relevant patient presentations in the emergency department setting. Click here to learn more.

Suturing Techniques
This online course features a series of basic suturing technique videos with hands-on practice. Registrants have the option to order a suture kit and supplies delivered from ENA. Click here to learn.

Practice Resources and White Papers

Click here to access the following practice resources and white papers:

  • APRN Position Statement
  • Competencies for nurse practitioners in emergency care
  • Competencies for Clinical Nurse Specialists in Emergency Care
  • Scope and Standards (includes APRNS)


ENA's Annual Achievement Awards recognize individuals who exemplify exceptional performance in professional practice, innovation, leadership, or advocacy.

The Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award highlights excellence as a nurse practitioner in emergency care. The NP is recognized by peers, nursing and physician colleagues, and patients as a clinical expert who delivers compassionate, competent care in an emergency care setting. The recipient is actively involved in promoting the role of NPs and strengthening the image of NPs in emergency care.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Award recognizes excellence as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency care setting. The CNS is recognized by the emergency department staff as an expert, in practice or education, who makes significant contributions to practice or to the professional development of others.

Click here to view all ENA awards

ENA Mentoring Program

Are you looking for a way to share your expertise and support ENA members? Get involved by signing up to be a mentor! Learn more


Contact Meg Carman
Director of Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice