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

Upcoming Events

June 1st & 2nd, 2017 Save the Date for CEN Review: We hope you will join us for Solheim’s CEN Exam Prepartion Review Course with Bill Light BSN RN CEN TCRN CPEN. Registration information coming soon- save the date!

Round of Applause

On November 14, Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) presented ENA member James Cameron, RN, with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his community service work in New York’s 1st District. Congratulations to James on this recognition and keep up the good work!

Now Accepting

ENA is now accepting poster abstracts and education session proposals for Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, MO, through January 10 at 12:00 pm CST. Topics of special interest include: Advanced Practice, Trauma, Behavioral Health, and Disaster Preparedness. The Emergency Medicine Foundation in collaboration with the ENA Foundation is accepting applications for a $50,000 research […]

Upcoming Events

Registration for the State and Chapter Leaders Orientation on February 17-19 is open until January 23. The 2017 officers (president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, secretary/treasurer) and Trauma and Pediatric Chairs listed in the Online Management System received a formal invitation and complimentary registration. Additional leaders, such as chairs, may attend the orientation with approval from the […]


The revised ENA Procedures (State Council and Chapter Compliance and Operational Procedures) are now available on the ENA website within the state councils and chapters area. Key revisions to the procedures include: IRS filing compliance date changed to September 15 Minimum number of members to form a chapter increased from 5 to 10 Reinforces responsibility […]