EN411 Action Alert: Support the Gun Violence Research Act Today!

Date Posted: 2018/03/03

ENA Action Alert

Thaw the Chill on Federally–Sponsored Research into Gun Violence

Support the Gun Violence Research Act Today! 

  • Gun violence claims more than 33,000 American lives each year
  • Guns are involved in nearly half of all suicide attempts– resulting in a near 95% fatality rate
  • Current federal law has had a chilling effect on the study of the root causes of gun violence

Gun violence in the United States claims more than 90 lives every single day, with another 200 or so suffering non-lethal injuries. Of the 33,000 Americans killed by guns each year, 22,000 are by suicide. Mass shootings at schools, hospitals, night clubs, churches, and concerts are constant reminders of the threats we all face from gun violence.

Since 1996, Congress has included language in all appropriations bills that states, “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control. Although vague in its specifics, the “Dickey amendment” as it is known, has had a lasting and chilling effect on the sponsoring of evidence-based gun violence research by the federal government. For more than 20 years, this has essentially prevented study into the root causes of gun violence as well as strategies to mitigate it.

The Gun Violence Research Act (H.R. 1478) would repeal this language in future appropriations bills, paving the way for federal agencies like the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other offices to either conduct or sponsor evidence-based research into the causes of gun violence and ways we can reduce fatalities and injuries.

Emergency nurses are on the frontlines of this epidemic, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects gun violence has on victims and their families. Your voice is critical in raising awareness on this issue.

Click the button below and write your representative to request they cosponsor this important legislation.

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Call for Student Poster Abstracts

Date Posted: 2018/02/25

Deadline March 16, 2018

Present your best evidence-based practice, quality and research reviews/projects addressing the many challenges today’s emergency RNs, APRNs, managers, leaders, and researchers are facing!

The poster sessions are focused on topics that are of interest and importance to emergency nurses and APRNs. Abstracts must reflect evidence-based reviews/projects that are near completion or in the final stages of completion with results/outcomes available for inclusion in the poster. The author is expected to adhere to the guidelines/schedules concerning dates/times of poster display and be able to answer questions and/or discuss the poster content with conference attendees.

Poster abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words and include the following:

  • Cover page (includes abstract title, author name, email, school name, and employer if applicable)
  • Title
  • Identification of problem/overview
  • Evidence-based question/purpose
  • Evidence summary
  • Significance of findings/outcomes
  • Implications for emergency RNs/APRNs and future research

Suggested Topics:

  • Clinical practice and evidence-based practice
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Trauma
  • Triage
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Injury Prevention
  • Professional issues

Free admission to the Spring Symposium on Friday, April 20, 2018, will be given to the winning poster!

Please do not identify yourself or the institution within the body of the abstract, only the cover page is to contain this information. Must be a project completed within an emergency department setting.

Submit your poster abstract via email to Ivelisse Sanchez, EBP Committee Chair, at Information regarding acceptance and winning poster will be sent to the presenting author by March 28, 2018.

Accepting Nominations for 2018 Annual Awards

Date Posted: 2018/02/21

The Awards and Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Illinois ENA 2018 Annual Awards!

Illinois ENA Annual Awards serve to recognize individuals who exemplify exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy in the specialty of emergency nursing.

Specific awards differ in descriptions, requirements, and criteria. Thoroughly review the award information to ensure that the award suits the nominee:

  • Clinical Leadership Award
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Nursing Award
  • Merikay Joyce, RN, Meritorious Service Award
  • Nursing Education Award
  • Nursing Practice Award
  • President’s Award (nominated by the Illinois ENA President only)
  • Quality and Safety Award

Annual Awards are presented during the Welcome Party at the Illinois ENA Annual Spring Symposium, on Thursday, April 19 and during lunch at General Sessions on Friday, April 20. Nominations for the 2018 Annual Awards are due March 20, 2018!

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit Contact Awards and Nominations Committee Chair Christine Chaput at

2018 Call for Board of Directors Nominations

Date Posted: 2018/01/26

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Illinois State Council ENA Election Candidates

The Illinois State Council Emergency Nurses Association is seeking Board of Directors candidates who represent ENA’s mission to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice to serve as ENA state leaders. Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday, March 13 for the following elected positions:

Election Rules Policy

  • A paragraph outlining your interest in serving as an elected officer, including your current and past volunteer experiences with the Illinois State Council ENA
  • A professional biography, using the sample biography format
  • A high quality headshot photograph (.jpeg, .jpg, .png or .eps file ) suitable for printing, email and website use

Candidates are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all of the content submitted (e.g., spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) and will be published as written.

2018 Illinois State Council ENA Election Timeline
January 26, 2018 Call for nominations opens
April 2, 2018 Call for nominations closes
April 18, 2018 Meet the candidates posted on website
April 19, 2018 Election voting opens, meet the candidates at Spring Symposium
June 1, 2018 Election voting closes
June 4, 2018 Election results announced
November 10, 2018 Board orientation for newly elected Board members
January 1, 2019 Newly elected Board members take office


To view the current Board of Directors, visit

Candidates’ biographies and photographs are due to Christine Chaput, Immediate Past President, via email at by Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:00 PM.

Opioid Conference

Date Posted: 2017/12/26

Opioid Stewardship and Managing the Opioid Crisis: A Health-Care Perspective

Join The Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Rush University Medical Center for a medical education conference to provide evidence-based approaches to managing opioids for pain and treating opioid use disorder.

Opioid Conference Brochure

$35 per person includes breakfast, lunch and continuing education credits (CME, CNE or CE)

Rush University Medical Center
Searle Conference Center
1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
9 AM – 4:30 PM

Please RSVP at Meeting details will be emailed to all registrants.

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