ED Nurses Going Beyond the Call of Duty: Meet ENA Connection’s 20 Under 40 Class

ED Nurses Going Beyond the Call of Duty: Meet ENA Connection’s 20 Under 40 Class

From flight nurses to military members and mayors to parents, emergency nurses go beyond the call of duty and the 2023 ENA Connection 20 Under 40 class has it all.

ENA announced the third class of 20 extraordinary nurses as part of the celebration of Emergency Nurses Week.

Each honoree in the 2023 class has achieved significant milestones in their healthcare careers and demonstrated positive contributions beyond their professional work. One nurse from Bhutan created the BEAR, or Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval Team, which uses his country’s only helicopter for rescue missions. Another helped launch a program called “Caring for the Caregiver” to help nurses cope with critical incidents. Those are just the beginning of what this class of honorees has accomplished.

Many in the new class were inspired by nurses they had encountered in the past. Some followed in their family’s footsteps, while others fell into the profession later. One thing they all have in common is the goal of helping people and inspiring and teaching the next generation of nurses.

“Having seen what these 20 nurses have accomplished, I can say with certainty that the future of emergency nursing is in good hands,” says ENA President Terry Foster, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, TCRN, FAEN. “The amount of knowledge, passion, drive, and skill we have among the ENA membership is outstanding. I can’t wait to see how these young professionals continue to contribute to emergency nursing throughout their careers.”

Meet the ENA Connection’s 2023 class of 20 Under 40 honorees featured in the magazine’s October issue.

  • Christine Alston, DNP, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CFRN, CTRN, of Florida
  • Levon Aharonyan, MSN, RN, PHN, GRN, NPD-BC, of California
  • Tyler Babcock, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, TCRN, of Pennsylvania
  • Jermaine Clayborne, MSN, APRN, NEA-BC, NNP-BC, CCRN-Neonatal, CCRN-Adult, CFRN, FP-C of Virginia
  • Kiran Biswa Diyali, RN, Flight Nurse, of Bhutan
  • Megan Duke, MSN, RN, CNS of California
  • Sean Elwell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, TCRN, EMT, of New Jersey
  • Juan M. González, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CNE, FAANP, of Florida
  • Kelsea Heiman, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, of Texas
  • Shannen Kane, BSN, RN, CEN, of North Carolina
  • Adam Lawrence, BSN, RN, CTRN, CEN, TCRN, EMT, of New York
  • Jacob Miller, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, APRN-CNP, RN, of Ohio
  • Daniel A. Misa, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, of New Jersey
  • Wilson Pierce, DNP, RN, CNE-CL, TCRN, of Georgia
  • Philip Prousnitzer, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CCRN, CPEN, CTRN, CFRN, of Arkansas
  • Heather Purcell-Mullins, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, CPEN, CDR, Nurse Corps, USN, of California
  • Jamin Rankin, RN, EMT, CEN, CFRN, TCRN, CPEN, CTRN, of Louisiana
  • Crystal Rose, PhD, MHA, RN, CNE, of Arkansas
  • Lena Sutch, MSN, RN, CEN, of Maryland
  • Jessica Wilson, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, EBP-C, of Maryland

Each class of honorees is chosen by a panel of reviewers who assess their accomplishments in their profession and communities, their contributions to emergency nursing, and how they plan to shape the future of the specialty. Their peers nominated 44 nurses, and 75 nurses submitted applications.

Research Explores Emergency Nurses’ Decision-making in Obstetrical Care

Research Explores Emergency Nurses’ Decision-making in Obstetrical Care

Emergency nurses need additional knowledge of abortion-limiting legislation and the related clinical, ethical, and legal implications for emergency care staff and their patients, a study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing found.

The findings also highlight the increase in pregnant patients seeking care in emergency departments as the number of “OB deserts”—regions with limited or absent perinatal care—grows. Through interviews with ED nurses, the study explored the clinical decision-making processes of emergency nurses caring for patients with obstetrical emergencies in the context of limited or no access to abortion care.

What If It Where Me? A Qualitative Exploratory Study of Emergency Nurses’ Clinical Decision Making Related to Obstetrical Emergencies in the Context of a Post-Roe Environment ” reflects the candid comments of nurses who work in states with care-limiting legislation describing a lack of hospital protocols, concerns about delayed care, and overall discomfort treating patients experiencing obstetric emergencies.

“This was an important study to conduct. First, laws surrounding access to appropriate care for patients having pregnancy emergencies have been in flux in large areas of the country. Second, EDs are seeing more and more obstetric emergencies in communities where no OB services are available,” says Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, FAAN, associate professor at UMass Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, who is also Director, Emergency Nursing Research at ENA and lead the study. “Emergency nurses are not commonly trained in identifying and treating OB emergencies.”

Anna Valdez, PhD, RN, PHN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN, FAADN, JEN editor-in-chief of the Journal of Emergency Nursing says the study is an excellent example of the current and relevant research nurses conduct that assesses and explains the ways policies and laws impact EDs.

ENA Calls for Assault Weapons Ban, Firearms Purchase Age Increase

ENA Calls for Assault Weapons Ban, Firearms Purchase Age Increase

Whether in a mass shooting, urban violence, self-harm, or intimate partner violence, the damage caused by firearms is something emergency nurses know firsthand – they see it and experience their trauma every day while simply trying to save the lives of those injured by a firearm.

As the leading voice for emergency nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has a vested interest in the impact of firearms violence because of its direct relationship to injury prevention, patient care, and the health and well-being of the nurses who repeatedly experience trauma while caring for victims of gun violence.

ENA released its strongest firearms safety-related position statement in the association’s 53-year history. It calls for, among other things:

  • A ban on assault weapons, as defined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Raising the minimum purchase age to 21 for all firearms.
  • Establishing a federal prohibition on ghost guns and their components.
  • Implementation of emergency department screening tools to help identify individuals at high risk of death or injury from a firearm.
  • Measures to support more consistent firearms research and data collection.
  • Providing healthcare workers with resources to educate patients about firearm safety and injury prevention.
  • Collaboration with and support of evidence-based school or community programs focused on firearm injury prevention.

“The true toll of the gun violence epidemic in this country goes deeper than the headlines we see on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis,” says ENA President Terry Foster, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, TCRN, FAEN. “Mass shootings and frequent gun violence in many cities across the country get more attention, but emergency nurses understand firearm injuries and deaths attributed to domestic violence, suicides, and accidental discharges are also a devastating part of this public health crisis.”

A 2022 Pew Research Report indicates the rate of gun deaths among Americans reached its highest level – 10.6 per 100,000 people – in 2020. Further, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported in 2022 that firearms are the leading cause of death for U.S. children.

“This updated, evidence-based position statement reflects ENA’s evolving perspectives on the multi-faceted issue of firearms, and it sends a clear message that more must be done to reduce the frequency and severity of firearm injuries and deaths,” Foster adds.

ENA Names Cam Brandt 2023 Judith C. Kelleher Award Recipient

ENA Names Cam Brandt 2023 Judith C. Kelleher Award Recipient

The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA) named longtime emergency nurse and educator Cam Brandt, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, the recipient of the 2023 Judith C. Kelleher Award, the ENA’s most prestigious honor.

Driven by a passion for caring for children, as well as teaching and mentoring ED nurses, Brandt’s impact could be felt in the emergency departments where she worked and across the emergency nursing community through continual contributions as an ENA leader in Texas and key volunteer with many of the association’s committees – most notably as part of the team that develops the cornerstone Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course.

“The ED and education are where it’s at for me,” says Brandt of Keller, Texas. “I’m just a basic nurse who loved sharing my passion for education and whatever my passion in pediatric emergency care was at the time. This award is surreal. I never would have dreamed of where I am today.”

ENA President Terry Foster, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, TCRN, FAEN, praised Brandt for her contributions to ENA and the entire emergency nursing community.

“Cam is the epitome of an emergency nurse: fierce, loyal, knowledgeable, persistent, driven and yet very caring,” Foster says. “Her dedication and many years of direct emergency nursing experience speak volumes. She is a role model for many of our ENA members.”

The ENA also announced the recipients of 12 other individual awards, including the annual State Council Achievement Awards and the Team Award.

Foster congratulated this year’s recipients for their inspirational work amid the numerous challenges faced by emergency nurses today.

“It never ceases to amaze me how impactful ENA members are in their emergency departments and as volunteers with this wonderful organization,” Foster says. “These awards are a reflection of how emergency nurses live ENA’s mission every day.”

The 2023 ENA award recipients and other honorees will be recognized during Emergency Nursing 2023 in San Diego on Sept. 21-23.

Here is a complete list of this year’s ENA award winners.

  • Barbara A. Foley Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award: Delfa Soto, MSN, RN, CEN, of California
  • Behind the Scenes Award: Vicki Sweet, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN, of California
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives of the Year Award (Individual): Anna Valdez, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, of California
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives of the Year Award (State Council): Texas ENA State Council
  • Frank L. Cole Nurse Practitioner Award: David T. House, DNP, RN, CEN, of Texas
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Ellen Wilson, MS, RN, CEN, FAEN, of Ohio
  • Media Award: Gary Kleeblatt, The Middletown Press, Connecticut
  • Nurse Manager Award: Hannah Longoria, BSN, RN, CEN, of Texas
  • Nursing Competency in Aging Award: Jennifer A. Noble, MSN, RN, CEN, of Texas
  • Nursing Education Award: Teri Diloy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, of Virginia
  • Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award: Leslie Hinson, MSN, RN, CEN, of Texas
  • Pediatric Readiness Improvement Award: Nancy McGrath, MN, MSN, RN, CPNP, of California
  • Rising Star Award: Stephanie Jensen, MSN-L, RN, MICN, of California
  • Team Award: Cook Children’s Trauma Nurse Leaders, Texas

In addition to the individual honors, nine states – Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Washington – received 2023 State Council Achievement Awards for their outstanding local efforts last year.

Racism and Other Forms of Bias are a Threat to Safe Patient Care

Racism and Other Forms of Bias are a Threat to Safe Patient Care

Many people, including nurses, carry some bias, whether it is recognized by the individual or not. One study in the March issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing sought to explore that more in-depth.

Through the study “The Experiences of United States Emergency Nurses Related to Witnessed and Experienced Bias ,” researchers sought a broad view of the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and lived experiences of ED nurses and their associated implicit and explicit biases.

“This study is critical because not responding to bias harms patients and colleagues,” says ENA Director of Emergency Nursing Research and primary investigator Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, FAAN. “No one goes into nursing to harm people; we all want to help. By doing this study, we wanted to help nurses recognize their biases, then learn how to interpret and respond to them.”

Among the 1,140 survey participants and 23 focus group participants, significant differences existed between white and non-white participants in their experiences of institutional, structural, and personal microaggressions. Another area where differences were noticed among different groups was empathetic awareness. On average, those who identified as Christians ranked lower for empathic awareness, while those who identified as non-heterosexual scored higher.

“This study has filled a gap in the research within emergency nursing yet is foundational to our practice. With this information, we hope that nurses and institutions will reflect on their biases and educate themselves better to serve themselves, their patients, and their colleagues,” says JEN Editor-in-Chief Anna Valdez, PhD, RN, RN, who also contributed to this study.