ENA praised Congress for passing and President Obama for signing a short-term spending bill that includes funding to battle the Zika virus and the opioid epidemic, two of ENA’s top federal legislative priorities.
In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, ENA featured DisastER, a large-scale mass casualty incident (MCI) training area at “Emergency Nursing 2016.”
The Emergency Nurses Association(ENA) heads to Hollywood and invites emergency nurses to become the star of their emergency departments by attending the largest conference dedicated to the profession.
ENA's Naloxone Education Toolkit (NET) is a comprehensive resource designed to educate patients and family members about opioid overdose, advise on the distribution and proper use of naloxone kits, and to provide key step-by-step instructions to implement a custom opioid overdose prevention program in the ED.
ENA earned a 2016 ASAE Power of A Silver Award for its surprise Mass Casualty Incident Training Drill executed at the Emergency Nursing 2015 conference in Orlando. The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.
Nancy MacRae, MS, has been named Executive Director of the largest global professional association of emergency nurses. MacRae will provide strategic leadership to ENA, its staff, and the ENA Foundation through a collaborative partnership with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization achieves its mission, vision and objectives.
ENA applauded President Obama for signing into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The new law represents a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic including prevention, treatment, support for those in recovery and justice reform. CARA will create and expand critical programs to fight the scourge of abuse, addiction, overdose and death resulting from the rapidly-increasing use of prescription opioids and heroin. Many of CARA’s provisions are consistent with ENA’s support for efforts at the state level to expand access to treatment and emergency care through distribution and training on reversal agents such as Naloxone.
ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill would make more psychiatric hospital beds available, integrate and connect physical and mental health care providers and provide resources to communities for suicide prevention. In addition, it would allow more patients to be treated in our healthcare system instead of being incarcerated, expand crisis intervention team training for law enforcement and allow families to work with doctors and mental health professionals as part of the care delivery team.
The Emergency Nurses Association announced 14 emergency nurses will be inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing in 2016. The candidates for induction are admitted to AEN as Fellows, recognizing they have made significant contributions to emergency nursing that go above and beyond being an outstanding nurse and a devoted ENA member. Fellows are entitled to use the FAEN designation following their name.
In June 2016, Delaware became the latest state to better protect emergency nurses from assault. Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to clarify under what circumstances emergency personnel are covered under the law governing assault in the second degree, which is a felony in Delaware.
ENA announced 11 emergency departments are receiving the prestigious Lantern Award™. The award recognizes emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
ENA announced the recipients of the association’s 2016 annual achievement awards. The awards recognize emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy.
Emergency Nurses Association members are on Capitol Hill advocating for legislation that directly impacts emergency nursing. More than 120 ENA members from across the U.S. are in Washington, DC, urging Congress to support comprehensive reforms to our nation’s mental health system, and legislation that will allow emergency medical services personnel to continue to operate under standing orders to administer controlled substances. May 11 is the association’s annual Day on the Hill event.
In May 2016, Georgia became the latest state to enhance penalties for assaulting emergency nurses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that increases punishments to five to 20 years for aggravated assault and aggravated battery when committed against hospital emergency department personnel and emergency medical services personnel.
ENA praises the U.S. Senate for including provisions of the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KITS) Act of 2016 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed the FAA bill yesterday. The KITS Act would require the FAA to update emergency medical kits on airplanes to ensure they contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children, including an epinephrine auto-injector.
Emergency healthcare workers in Utah will have more protection against workplace violence after Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that increases the penalty for assault against healthcare providers or emergency medical workers when the assault causes substantial bodily injury.
ENA member Penny Blake, RN, CCRN, CEN, of North Palm Beach, Florida, has been selected to testify this week at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled, “Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America.”
ENA announced Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN, will lead the largest professional association of more than 40,000 emergency nurses, as elected president for 2016 Carlson will work with the ENA Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the Association. She has general oversight of the Board of Directors, and serves as the official representative and spokesperson of ENA.