Applications Now Being Accepted for Annual ENA Lantern Awards

November 14, 2023 ENA Lantern Award

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2023) – ENA is accepting applications for the next class of ENA Lantern Award recipients, which recognize emergency departments for their innovation, leadership and commitment to their patients and nursing staff.

“It’s so important to not only celebrate the EDs that are excelling as a team, but to share their stories and experience,” said ENA President Terry Foster. “Lantern Award-winning hospitals really exemplify some of the best in EDs, including clinical care, operations, advocacy and education.” 

The Lantern Award was established in 2010. Part of the comprehensive application process includes submitting stories that illustrate an ED’s dedication to patient care as well as initiatives to improve nurse wellbeing. A Lantern Award designation lasts for three years. The 2023 Lantern Award class was exceptional, when a record-breaking 53 hospitals from around the United States, in addition to a hospital in United Arab Emirates, earned the prestigious recognition.


Applications for the current cycle are open to all emergency departments and are due in late February. Each application is de-identified and reviewed by three members of the ENA Lantern Award Committee.

Applications, more information, and tips on how to ensure a submission is properly completed are available at

Recipients will be announced in mid-2024 and honored as part of Emergency Nursing 2024 in Las Vegas.

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

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