Emergency nurses are known for taking swift action to save lives. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) demonstrates this valued trait with its Ebola Crisis Response program, providing its members with the resources they need to keep the international population safe, ensure patients are triaged and treated appropriately, keep healthcare workers safe and appropriately trained on personal protective equipment, and share best practices for those experiencing Ebola first hand.
“Within a week of Ebola arriving on our shores, ENA worked quickly to provide members worldwide with the firsthand knowledge they needed to treat Ebola patients,” said ENA President Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN. “The result was a multifaceted, cross-functional, and integrated campaign that informed emergency nurses, saved lives, and heightened the visibility of ENA worldwide.”
In the development of the program, the ENA reached out to all of the nursing organizations to collaborate, with a collective emphasis on patient safety and sharing best practices. They also conducted information sessions among the ENA employees (non-nursing staff) so they were better informed about the virus, and staff nurses volunteered for panel discussions to share their expertise throughout the United States. The ENA also was positioned as an industry expert among the media, and created an Ebola Resource landing page with the most current information on the virus, preparedness and related content from other vital resources.
For its collaborative lifesaving program, ENA was awarded a 2015 ASAE Summit Award which recognizes the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global level. ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.
Congratulations and thank you to ENA for exemplifying how associations make a difference every day to society at large.