On behalf of MA ENA, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Emergency Nurses Week. I am very proud and grateful for work you do every day for your patients and each other.
This has been a busy fall for MA ENA. In September a group of delegates from MA ENA attended the National Emergency Nurse’s General Assembly in Nashville, Tennessee. As usual the General Assembly included lively thoughtful discussions of many issues related to organizational performance and emergency nursing practice. I am very pleased that our delegation included four “first time” delegates to the General Assembly. My hope is that they found the experience enlightening and educational. Perhaps next year we can add more “first timers”. We had a Massachusetts party on Thursday evening which gave MA ENA officers and delegates a chance to greet all MA ENA members attending the convention. It was a great time with excellent food and I thank all those who attended. Many thanks to Kay McClain who coordinated the party remotely from Arlington and Hawaii - we missed her presence at the conference very much!
The General Assembly was followed by the ENA Scientific Assembly during which many outstanding educational sessions were held, including an excellent lecture from one of our members on the Boston Marathon Bombings.
This month MA ENA will be running a TNCC / ENPC Instructor course. We have many knowledgeable candidates attending and hope to increase the availability of these courses throughout the state.
MA ENA has many committees that serve the special interests of emergency nurses throughout the state. This year we are beginning an Informatics Committee to better communicate to our members and track the information related to our organization. Please check out the committee section of the MENA website and email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) me if you are interested in joining any of our committees.
MA ENA elections were held this summer. Our President-elect is Julie Bunn who will serve as MENA President in 2015 and 2016. Kathy Shubitowski has been elected 2013-2014 MA ENA Treasurer. Also elected to the MA ENA Board of Directors were Bee Potter, Mary Martel, Deb Donahue, and Joan West. I look forward to working with all of these talented individuals next year to continue to improve our organization and meet the needs of our members. Congratulations everyone!!
Our next MA ENA State Council meeting is November 6 at UMASS Worcester in the ED seminar room at 5:30 PM. Please join us for an update on what happening in you association and a presentation on the Boston Marathon Bombings.
I hope you all have a chance to get outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Sheila Silva DNP RN, 2013 MA ENA President