In 1968, Anita M. Dorr, RN and Judith C. Kelleher, RN, working at opposite sides of the United States, perceived a need for nurses involved in emergency health care to pool their resources in order to set standards and develop improved methods of effective emergency nursing practice. In addition, they wished to provide continuing education programs for emergency nurses as well as a united voice for nurses involved in emergency care.
By 1970, Ms. Dorr had formed the Emergency Room Nurses Organization on the east coast and Ms. Kelleher had formed the Emergency Department Nurses Association on the west coast. The two groups joined forces and the Association was initially incorporated as the Emergency Department Nurses Association (EDNA) in Rochester, New York on December 1, 1970. The first National Association meeting was held in New York in 1971.
In 1985, the Association name was changed to Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), recognizing the practice of emergency nursing as role-specific rather than site-specific.
In 2005, the Association donated material documenting the history of the organization to the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry at the University of Virginia. A descriptive summary of the ENA Collection is available online at: http://www.nursing.virginia.edu
Originally aimed at teaching and networking, the organization has evolved into an authority, advocate, lobbyist, and voice for emergency nursing. ENA has 40,000+ members and continues to grow, with members representing over 35 countries around the world.
ENA Values statement
ENA values the inclusion and contributions of nursing in collaboration with healthcare partners to explore solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery.
ENA values compassion as an essential element of the emergency nursing profession.
ENA values and embraces inclusion and diversity in all interactions and initiatives.
ENA values the team based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses.
Inquiry ENA values lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery, translation and integration of evidenced-based research into emergency nursing practice.
Integrity ENA values its code of ethics and adheres to the principles of honesty and integrity.
Spirit of Giving Value Statement: ENA values the spirit of philanthropy which allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improving the lives of patients throughout the world.
Membership Value Statement: ENA places the highest value on its members for their contributions to the care of patients and their families, the emergency nursing profession, and our organization.
ENA Vision Statement
The Emergency Nurses Association is the global emergency nursing resource and advocate for Safe Practice and Safe Care.
ENA Mission Statement
The mission of the Emergency Nurses Association is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice.
Source: Emergency Nurses Association. About ENA. Retrieved March 3, 2017 from the ENA website