Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN, Takes Office as Emergency Nurses Association President
January 4, 2017 • Membership
Wiley, of Omaha, Neb., is a certified emergency nurse at CHI Health Immanuel, and has been an emergency department nurse for more than 20 years. She is passionate about advocating for emergency nurses locally and nationally. She served as Chair of the Nebraska ENA State Council Government Affairs Committee for 10 years, and successfully collaborated with the Nebraska Nurses Association to make it a felony to assault a nurse in Nebraska. For her sustained and inspiring efforts, Wiley received the 2012 Nebraska Nurses Association Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Award and the Image of Nursing Award.
Wiley has served on numerous national ENA committees including behavioral health, emergency preparedness wellness, Lantern Award for exemplary emergency departments, the Institute of Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention, finance, and the executive committee. She was Chairperson of the Emergency Department Violence Work Team from 2009 to 2010, and a member of the American Nurses Association Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence Steering Committee in 2015.
Wiley earned an associate degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Neb., a Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University, and a Master of Science in nursing administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is a certified emergency nurse and a member of the Nebraska Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.
ENA’s new Board of Directors also took office this month. The Board is the official governing body of ENA responsible for managing the Association’s affairs. They maintain and update ENA’s mission, vision and goals through strategic planning, guide the Association, and serve as board liaisons to states as assigned.
The 2017 ENA Board of Directors includes:
President: Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN
President-elect: Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN
Secretary/Treasurer: Sally K. Snow, BSN, RN, CPEN, FAEN
Maureen Curtis Cooper, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Ellen "Ellie" H. Encapera, RN, CEN
Mike Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN
Ron Kraus, MSN, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC
Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Karla Nygren, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, TCRN, CCRN, CPN
Jean A. Proehl, MN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, FAEN, FAAN
Immediate Past President: Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN
Executive Director: Nancy MacRae, MS
This is the third year of ENA’s five-year strategic plan focused on community, governance and leadership, knowledge, quality and safety, advocacy and infrastructure.