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2015 National ENA Conference

Posted almost 2 years ago by Nursing Network Admin

2015 National ENA Conference Photo Gallery

As you recall, last year the General Assembly of delegates voted to change the structure of the conference. The delegates felt like there was too much time spent on speeches, bylaws and resolutions. So, this year the National Board of Directors listened. Instead of a day and a half of business, the meeting contained no voting on bylaws and resolutions. This year it was the job of the delegates to bring the key issues that face today’s emergency departments. The meeting was divided into round table discussions. The topics were discussed and “triaged” as the most vital and then solutions were voted on. The solutions were what the delegation wanted to see their Board, their Association to act on. Here are a few of the discussion point and round table topics. The two main topics discussed were Improving Throughput: Improving patient admissions; time from ED department to in-patient bed and Retention of ED Nurses. None of us face these issues, do we? Once again the connection we have to our fellow ER nurses from every corner of country amazes me. These issues are the common thread. Brainstorming if nurse wage is the issue. Was it the education offered to the nurses? Is it the feeling that the “seasoned” nurses don’t feel appreciated anymore? Is it a poor orientation? Is it that administration doesn’t want to build more critical care beds? Is it the cost of health care? Is it the triage system? You can image how loud the room got! It didn’t take long for the 700+ people in the room to realize that all the issues all are intertwined. Here are the top ten topics that the assembly asked the Board to consider acting upon.

  1. Care of the Behavioral Health Patient
  2. Retention of Emergency Nurses
  3. Improving Throughput; Improving pt. admission time from the ED to an inpatient bed
  4. Care of the patient with Substance Abuse Issues
  5. Maintaining the Standard of Care for inpatients boarding in the ED
  6. Missed nursing care; Causes and Prevention
  7. Emphasis on short turnaround times
  8. Improvement on Quality Measures Outcomes
  9. Impact of ICU; Nurse to Patient Rations on the ED
  10. Improving Care of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Patients

Once the top ten topics were identified, then the top three were sent to the Board. They are 1) number 3, 2) number 2, and 3) number 5. So now what happens? Now the Board of Directors goes to work in identifying how to best address each of these issues, is it research or a position statement? Perhaps, all of the above.

So no bylaws or resolutions to report on this years. It was a good year and the Association tried a new approach, however we can welcome back the original structure next year. Overall, the consensus of the assembly, was to return to more of a business meeting next year, and I am sure based on this year’s discussion, there will be several resolutions for the delegates to vote on next year! Stay tuned to what your Association is doing for you.

Sarah Eason RN, CEN, EMT-B

2015 ENA National Election Results

2016 ENA President-Elect
(Term: January 2016 – December 2016)

  • Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN

2016 ENA Secretary/Treasurer
(Term: January 2016 – December 2016)

  • Joan Somes, PhD, MSN, RNC, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, NREMT-P

2016 ENA Directors
(Term: January 2016 – December 2018)

  • Maureen Curtis Cooper, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
  • Sally K. Snow, BSN, RN, CPEN, FAEN
  • Michael A. Hastings, MS, RN, CEN

2016 ENA Nominations & Elections Committee
(Term: September 2015 – October 2017)


  • Karen Silady, MN, RN, CEN


  • Kristie Noelle Gallagher, MSN, RN, CEN, NRP


  • Ryan Oglesby, PhD, MHA, RN, CEN, NEA-BC


  • Mary Ellen (Mel) Wilson, MS, RN, CEN, COHN-S, FNP-C, FAEN​