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.

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Extend full scope practice authority

In May, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule to extend full scope practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses employed by the VA health system. Please contact federal regulators and encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to finalize regulations to provide APRNs with full practice authority in the VA health system!

2016 ENA National Election candidates…..

The 2016 ENA National Election candidates have recorded personal videos about their candidacy which are now available on the Meet the Candidates page.

ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives….

Last week ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. ENA has supported the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act as one of its top legislative priorities.

Emergency Nurses Attend “Day on the Hill”

On May 10th and 11th the National Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) held a “Day on the Hill” where Emergency Nurses from each state met with their State Senators and Representatives to advocate for support with H.R. 4365 Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Mediations Act of 2016, S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. […]

Emergency Nursing 2016 Update

Nurse and international speaker Kathleen Bartholomew, MN, RN, will kick off Emergency Nursing 2016 on September 15 with an engaging presentation on passion and the art of nursing. It’s a session you won’t want to miss, as her passion for creating healthy work environments is infectious.