Benefits of Joining the Emergency Nurses Association

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Introduction There are many advantages in being involved in a nursing organization. It is a way to stay connected to your profession and have a feeling of belonging, and having support from others with the same interests. Nursing organizations also offers continuing education training, as well as information about new trends and goings on in your profession. This is a great way to enhance one's personal and professional development (Cardillo, nd). One organization that prides itself in doing these things is the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). About this Organization Currently located in Des Plaines, Illinois, this organization was originally two separate organizations, the Emergency Department Room Nurses Organization established in 1970 on the east coast by Anita Dorr,RN and the Emergency Department Nurses Association formed by Judith Kelleher, RN on the west coast. Both women felt that there was a great need for nurses who were directly involved in emergency nursing care to band together in developing improved methods in advancing and improving the field of emergency nursing; this also included offering continuing education courses. The two organizations merged together, and in 1985 was renamed what it is currently called today. Its current president is Gail Lenehan, EdD,MSN,RN,FAEN,FAAN. She is head of a larger group of Board of Directors for the organization(ena.org, nd). Its mission statement involves advocating for the safety of patients and excelling in the discipline of emergency nursing practice. The goal of this organi... ... middle of paper ... ... differ from other nurses. This organization exists to promote that specialty, as noted in its mission statement(ena.org, nd). Therefore. the research and subsequent training this organization offers is of utmost importance then, because the more that nurses are trained and educated, then the more equipped they will be in handling certain emergency circumstances, thus improving patient safety and decreasing the occurrences of adverse outcomes. References Cardillo, D. (n.d.). ENA - Emergency Nurses Association - Safe Practice, Safe Care. Why Emergency Nursing?. Retrieved March 14, 2014, from http://www.ena.org/membership/Pages/WhyEmergencyNursing.aspx ENA - Emergency Nurses Association - Safe Practice, Safe Care. (n.d.). Education. Retrieved March 14, 2014, from http://www.ena.org/education/Pages/default.aspx
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