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About ENA

The ENA mission is to advance excellence in emergency nursing. ENA's vision is to be the premier organization for the emergency nursing community worldwide.

Derived from the vision of ENA’s co-founders Judith Kelleher and Anita Dorr, ENA's priorities are guided by these values and beliefs. ENA believes …

  • In the inclusion and contributions of nursing, in collaboration with health care partners worldwide, to explore innovative solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery.
  • Compassion is an essential element of the emergency nursing profession.
  • Everyone should embrace inclusion, diversity and mutual respect in all interactions and initiatives to promote the essential value of different perspectives and experiences within emergency nursing.
  • In a team-based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses.
  • Emergency care evolves through lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery and integration of evidence-based research into emergency nursing practice.
  • ENA's Code of Ethics establishes and encourages adherence to principles of honesty and integrity.
  • The spirit of philanthropy allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improves the lives of patients throughout the world.
  • The association places the highest value on members for their contributions to the care of patients and their families, the emergency nursing profession, and the organization.

Five-Year Strategic Plan

Whether it’s to be further recognized as the authority and premier community for emergency nursing, or as a leading influential voice on emergency health care policy and regulatory issues, ENA has a five-year strategic plan comprised of four guiding goals:

  • Practice Environment
  • Education
  • Community
  • Culture

 The ENA Board of Directors updated and approved the plan in December 2019 to reflect ENA's current organizational priorities.

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Annual Report


Looking to shake off the weariness of two pandemic-focused years, ENA entered 2022 with a goal to push ahead for the betterment of its members and the emergency nursing community – it was time to recharge. The world remained complicated, and the work of ED nurses did, too. Yet, with the struggle obvious, emergency nurses rallied. With ENA by their side, they looked inward to find the energy needed to tackle elusive problems and stay committed to what mattered most to them. The momentum continues to build as ENA and its members emerge from 2022 recharged.

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Academy of Emergency Nursing

Since 2004, the Academy of Emergency Nursing has honored emergency nurses who have made enduring, substantial contributions to emergency nursing. Academy inductees, known as Fellows, have advanced the profession of emergency nursing, including the healthcare system in which emergency nursing is delivered. This prestigious group provides visionary leadership to ENA and the Academy.

Academy of Emergency Nursing


ENA is proud to bestow a variety of prestigious annual awards to emergency nurses and emergency departments. These awards exemplify excellence in emergency nursing practice, local state and chapter operations, and emergency department operations.

Lantern Award

A recognition award given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care.

Lantern Award

Achievement Awards

Recognizes individuals who exemplify exceptional performance in professional practice, innovation, leadership or advocacy. Achievement award recipients have been described as role models, mentors and emergency nursing at its finest.

Awards & Recognition

State Council Achievement Awards

The State Achievement Awards recognize ENA state councils for achieving best practices and organizational excellence during the prior year in the following core areas: administration/governance; communications/public relations; education; membership; and advocacy/government affairs.

Congratulations to the 2023 State Council Achievement Award recipients:

  • Arizona ENA State Council
  • Illinois ENA State Council
  • Louisiana ENA State Council
  • Maryland ENA State Council
  • Minnesota ENA State Council
  • North Carolina ENA State Council
  • South Carolina ENA State Council
  • Texas ENA State Council
  • Washington ENA State Council


Washington ENA State Council for their project aimed to honor and express appreciation for the efforts of emergency nurses by creating a meaningful piece of art, titled “We Catch You When You Fall.”


Journal of Emergency Nursing Awards

The  “JEN Author of the Year,” and “JEN Reviewers of the Year” awards recognize excellence in contributions to the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Congratulations to the 2023 JEN award recipients:

JEN Author(s) of the Year:
James Glatts, Jacob Weissenburger, Margaret Mullen-Fortino, Leighann Mazzone, Pamela Z Cacchione
“Patient extrication process for urban emergency departments”

Lisa Wolf, Cydne Perhats, Altair Delao, Christian N Burchill, Paul Clark, Michael Callihan, Courtney Edwards, Stephanie Frisch, Michael Moon, Tania Strout
“Role and training of emergency department charge nurses a mixed methods analysis of processes, needs, and expectations”

JEN Reviewers of the Year Award:
Amber Adams, DNP, RN, CEN
Josh Wall, PhD, RN, CEN, CFRN

Significant Contributor of the Year Award
Gordon Gillespie, PhD, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, ANEF, FAEN, FAAN for his work in 2022 as interim Editor-in-Chief and Special Issue Editor.




 Travel through ENA's history to learn about its co-founders, headquarters locations, the ENA Foundation and more.

ENA Recognition

ENA is honored to be recognized by several national organizations such as the American Society for Association Executives for its work advocating for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing. ENA was recently honored for excellence in areas ranging from Ebola crisis communications to redesigned membership materials and a successful online learning management system launch.

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