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Vision Statement

ENA's vision is to promote advocacy, diversity, and excellence of emergency nursing practice.

Mission Statement

ENA is a professional member organization recognized internationally for promoting excellence in emergency nursing through leadership, research, education and advocacy.


Our Organization

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is a voluntary national membership association of professional nurses who are committed to the excellence of emergency care. ENA serves its members by achieving the following aims:

  • To be the definitive authority on emergency nursing.
  • To define the standards of excellence for emergency nursing.
  • To promote the specialty of emergency nursing.
  • To promote quality emergency care through continuing education activities.
  • To be the resource for emergency nursing practice, professionalism, education, research, and consultation.
  • To identify and address emergency care issues.
  • To work collaboratively with other health-related organizations toward the improvement of emergency care.
  • To affirm the ENA Code of Ethics.

Promoting the Profession

ENA assists all nurses in emergency care settings and others in understanding the function, importance and impact of the role of emergency nurses through its professional publications, legislative updates and public relations activities regarding emergency nursing issues. ENA monitors and addresses federal and state legislation affecting emergency nursing health care and practice, through its networking system of chapters, state councils, national committees and a legislative consulting service.

Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN)

Included in the ENA membership fee is a subscription to the Journal of Emergency Nursing. The Journal puts you in touch with current clinical practice and trends in emergency nursing. The Journal of Emergency Nursing is a peer-reviewed journal and an official publication of the Emergency Nurses Association. Inside this bimonthly resource, you will find original clinical articles by the experts--your peers in the emergency department. See what's new and share practical information with your colleagues by turning to sections such as: Case Review, Clinical Notebook, Drug Update, Law and the Emergency Nurse, Managers Forum, and more. Turn to the Professional Opportunities section in every issue to find or fill an emergency nursing position. To keep a finger on the pulse of what other groups are doing, look to the Journal's Update section which includes a listing of upcoming meetings and features on nursing colleagues.

ENA Connection

Our newsletter, ENA Connection, published ten times a year, keeps members up-to-date on Association activities and issues of current relevance to their profession.

Disaster Management & Response (DMR)

As an official journal of ENA, DMR is a quarterly publication that focuses on the needs of patients and health care providers involved in mass casualty incidents, natural and man-made disasters, and terrorist attacks. Research reports, academic reviews of the literature, and case discussions are used to assist with evidence-based practice.


Sent monthly via e-mail, Newsbytes covers topics such as ENA meetings, emergency department issues, and the latest legislative news affecting health care. Newsbytes offers quick news at your fingertips with links for more information on various subjects.

Annual Conference

The ENA Annual Conference is composed of two segments: General Assembly and Scientific Assembly.

General Assembly

The General Assembly meets to review and determine official policy of the national Association related to professional emergency nursing issues and activities as well as to monitor the implementation of national Association bylaw objectives. Representatives from each state comprise the body of the General Assembly and are referred to as delegates.

Scientific Assembly

The Scientific Assembly provides contemporary continuing education courses for emergency nurses. The faculty for the courses are nationally known experts who represent the diverse interests of emergency nursing. Content areas include: clinical, education, research, leadership/management, injury prevention, pharmacology and professional issues. Networking sessions allow nurses with interests in the many aspects of emergency nursing the opportunity to exchange ideas and meet with colleagues in an informal setting.

The Scientific Assembly also features a vast array of exhibitors of products and services on the market today. This provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet with the leading health care services representatives to review and evaluate current technology and products that are available to the health care industry. 

Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum

This program defines the body of knowledge necessary for current emergency nursing practice and provides modules on essential areas of emergency nursing practice.

Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference is designed to establish an infrastructure for building quality relationships among those involved in managing the emergency care process. It enhances emergency health care management knowledge and skills, helps members stay abreast of evolving health care trends, and integrates management/leadership principles from a variety of disciplines such as business, communications and finance.

Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH)

As an independent approver of continuing education programs, ENA provides its constituents and other educators with the convenience of applying for CECH through ENA. This process is made easy with the CECH guidelines developed by the ENA.

Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

This nationally standardized, 16-20 hour course integrates nursing diagnosis into the content and provides the learner with core trauma knowledge and psychomotor skill experience. The course is disseminated through state ENA Trauma Committees and has been awarded Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) by ENA. Participants who successfully complete the course are verified for four years and have the opportunity to become TNCC Instructors.

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)

This nationally standardized 16-hour course provides the learner with pediatric emergency nursing knowledge and psychomotor skill experience. The content is presented through lecture material, an accompanying slide presentation, and dedicated time for learning and practicing six psychomotor skill stations. All RN participants receive Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) upon completion of the course. After successfully completing the course, participants receive a verification card which is valid for four years. There is also an instructor level of the ENPC course to mentor instructors to be able to disseminate the course.

Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing -II (CATN-II)

The CATN-II course is designed to strengthen crucial decision-making skills that will optimally impact the outcome of the critically injured and ill patients. CATN-II was developed to reinforce psychophysiologic concepts central to trauma nursing. This course uses case studies to help discern commonalities among clinical problems, determine priorities of care, and establish criteria to evaluate ongoing clinical conditions. CATTN-II is a continuing education course rather than a mandatory verification course. It will benefit nurses caring for patients throughout the trauma continuum.

Standards of Emergency Nursing Practice

Standards of emergency nursing practice have been developed to integrate competency standards and standards of excellence. The Standards delineate the role and function of the emergency nurse, enhance the quality and consistency of emergency nursing care, and provide the criteria to evaluate the quality of emergency nursing practice.

National Awards

ENA annually recognizes individual members of the Association and other individuals for outstanding contributions to the profession of emergency nursing at its awards ceremony held during the Annual Conference. Categories include: Nursing Practice, Education, Research, Professionalism, the Judith C. Kelleher Award, and other special recognition awards.

National Network

ENA provides an opportunity for nurses throughout the nation to meet during the Annual Conference and Leadership Conference to discuss professional nursing issues and concerns. State and local level seminars, workshops and meetings provide similar opportunities.

Additional Benefits

  • ENAF Educational Scholarships
  • ENAF Research Grants
  • ENA/Scientific Assembly Exhibitor Scholarship and Memorial Fund
  • Dell Discount Computer Purchase
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advantage Program
  • Nurses Service Organization Professional Liability
  • ENA Mastercard® Through MBNA America
  • ENA Term Life and Disability Programs – Major Medial, Long Term Cave

Publications/Education Programs

ENA offers a variety of publications and educational programs. A complete listing of the publications and programs can viewed in the ENA Marketplace catalog. The catalog is also available on the ENA Web site at

Additional Benefits

  • ENA Position Statements
  • Standards of Emergency Nursing Practice
  • Scope of Emergency Nursing Practice Statement
  • Code of Ethics for Emergency Nurses
  • Guidelines for Nursing Research
  • Emergency Nursing Research Abstracts Listing

Emergency Nursing Association Foundation (ENAF)

The ENAF was established in 1991 as a charitable, not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation. The purpose of the ENAF is to enhance emergency health care services to the public through the promotion and support of research and education in emergency care. The ENAF Management Board is comprised of the ENA Executive Committee and has Foundation oversight and fiduciary responsibility.

BCEN Certifications

ENA endorses attaining the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN™) credentials. The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) is the corporation responsible for these certification exams. The BCEN is a benchmark for accurate testing and assessment of knowledge and critical thinking skills for Emergency Nursing, associated specialties, and its sub-specialties.

The mission of the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing is to certify nurses who provide emergency nursing across the emergency care continuum. 

The objectives of BCEN Certifications are to promote quality emergency nursing, flight nursing and critical care ground transport nursing by: establishing the level of knowledge, requirements, and achievement necessary for certification; measuring that the attainment and application of a defined body of specific knowledge needed to function at a competent level is current; encouraging participation in continuing education; promoting professional development and career advancement; and, formally recognizing nurses who meet all requirements of the BCEN certification process.

Upon passing a BCEN certification exam, an applicant is a CEN, CFRN, or CTRN for a four year term. In order to ensure continued competency, CEN recertification may be made through examination (CEN-RO by Exam), continuing education (CEN-RO by CE*), or internet based testing (CEN-RO by IBT). CFRN or CTRN recertification may be made through examination (Air-RO by Exam or CTRN-RO by Exam) or by continuing education (Air-RO by CE* or CTRN-RO by CE*).

*ENA Board of Directors approved the revision of the Continuing Education Credit Hours (CECH) Guidelines at their September 12, 2006 meeting. On November 29, 2006 the BCEN Management Board approved the CECH guideline changes for BCEN re-certifications. Effective January 1, 2007 BCEN will calculate contact hours using 60 minutes of CECH (vs. 50 minutes) to define one renewal contact hour. CECH earned prior to 2007 will continue to be calculated using 50 minutes to define one contact hour. BCEN Management Board members approved maintaining the current 100 contact hour renewal requirement, of which 75 contact hours must be in the clinical category, and 25 contact hours may be in the other category. BCEN choose to keep the number of contact hours the same, based on information which indicates that most nursing certification corporations are choosing not to alter the total number of hours required, except to change from the 50 minute to 60 minute hour.