Emergency Nurses Association Announces Second Class of 20 Under 40 Honorees

September 30, 2022 ENA Connection 20 Under 40

This year’s honorees represent 16 states from California to Connecticut

DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 29, 2022) – On Thursday, during Emergency Nursing 2022, the Emergency Nurses Association announced its second class of ENA Connection’s “20 under 40” honorees, a program recognizing up-and-coming emergency nurses.

Each member of the 2022 class has reached significant milestones in their health care careers and demonstrated positive contributions that extend beyond their professional work. A total of 44 nurses were nominated by their peers and 70 nurses submitted applications. The application asked questions about their accomplishments professionally and in their community, their contributions to emergency nursing and how they might shape the future of the specialty. The blinded applications were given to 21 volunteer reviewers – ENA members and staff – who scored and selected the final 20 candidates.

“The future of emergency nursing is in good hands, and it shows in all of those nominated this year,” said ENA President Jenn Schmitz, MSN, EMT-P, CEN, CPEN, CNML, FNP-C, NE-BC “These 20 honorees truly exemplify the best in emergency nursing with their dedication and passion for this career path. It’s amazing to see the amount of knowledge and skill we have in our membership and I’m excited to see what else these young professionals will accomplish.”

ENA Connection’s 2022 class of 20 Under 40 honorees, who will be featured in the October issue, includes (in alphabetical order):

  • Amber Adams, DNP, RN, CEN, of Texas
  • Rebecca Basso, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, HN-BC, NEA-BC, of New Jersey
  • Kristen Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN, TCRN, California
  • Chelsea Collins, DNP, RN, APNP, C-APN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, SANE-A, of Wisconsin
  • Marie Williams Dawkins, DNP, RN, MHA, CEN, CNEcl, of North Carolina
  • Sarah Dunstan, MSN, RN-BC, ACNPC-AG, AGACNP-BC, CEN, TCRN, CCRN, SCRN, of New York
  • Cassie Mueller, MSN, RN, PCCN, CNML, SANE-A, TCRN, of South Carolina
  • Kimberly Mueller, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, of Iowa
  • Brett Pickens, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, CNE, of Mississippi
  • Candace Pineda, MBA, BSN, RN, TCRN, of Florida
  • Brittany Punches, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, of Ohio
  • Aaron Salinas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, NRP, of Texas
  • Sandra Schindler, MSN, APRN, CEN, CPEN, FNP-C, SANE-A, of South Dakota
  • Lisa Scott, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, of Virginia
  • Chelsey Simoni, MSN, RN, RNCM, FP-C, of Massachusetts
  • Rachael Smith, MSN, RN, CNE, CEN, CCRN, CPEN, TCRN, of Connecticut
  • Stephanie Suzadail, MSN, MA, RN, PHRN, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, CTRN, TCRN, of Pennsylvania
  • James Thomas, DNP, RN, CEN, of Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL, of California
  • Gregory Zanone, BSN, RN, CFRN, PHRN, of New Jersey

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines and guides emergency health care public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.

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