Welcome to the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association (LENA) website. The mission of the Emergency Nurses Association is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice. ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. ENA fosters this mission through public safety, continuing education, nursing research and promotion of the profession, which serve to maintain quality of patient care and have a positive influence in our state.

If you are a member of National ENA and have indicated that you live in Louisiana, you are also a member of LENA. All members belong to our national association, have representation on the state council and belong to a local chapter. Our state council is governed by an executive board and committees. All members have representation. The state council meets quarterly; dates and locations will be posted on this site.

About ENA

ENA's History
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.

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's Vision & Mission Statement

ENA is indispensable to the global emergency nursing community.

Latest News

Did You Know?

The ENA Naloxone Education Toolkit (NET) is designed for emergency nurses and providers, and includes the necessary resources to educate patients and family members about opioid overdose. The kit provides more information about distribution and proper use of naloxone kits.

2016 ENA National Election

The 2016 ENA National Election begins September 22 and closes October 12 at 12:00 pm CDT. View each candidate’s biographical information, personal videos, and watch the Google Hangouts session. All members are encouraged to get involved in electing the future leaders of your organization.

Upcoming Events!

Find out how research findings can drive practice change at the IENR Research Lounge at Emergency Nursing 2016 next month. The Research Lounge affords attendees the opportunity to speak with fellow research-focused peers and seek information related to patient care and professional practice. Emergency Nursing 2016 is September 14-17 in Los Angeles.

Act Now!

Bring your passion for nursing to the national level by volunteering on a 2017 ENA national committee. ENA is accepting applications now through September 22 for a variety of committees. Apply today!

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference is December 13-14, 2016 in Washington D.C. and brings together more than 1,200 healthcare professionals to exchange ideas for the common cause of making our communities safer, healthier, and more resilient.