Voting Open for 2018 Election!

Date Posted: 2018/04/19


This is your opportunity to vote for the following two Illinois ENA Board of Directors positions.  The term for these positions will begin in 2019.

Election 2018 Candidates

  • President-Elect (term: 2019-2020)
    • Candidate: Jeff Murphy, MSN, MHA, RN, CEN, NE-BC
  • Secretary (term: 2019-2020)
    • Candidate: Rosemarie Nolazco, BSN, RN, TNS
  • Director (term: 2019-2020)
    • Candidate: Karen Battaglia, MSN, RN, CEN
    • Candidate: Laura Magallones, MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN
    • Candidate: Carol Tulley, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TNS

Please note that voting opens April 19 and closes on June 1, 2018. 

For further instructions, please click the following link to login to the Members Only page: Login Instructions

For any questions with voting, please contact

2018 Annual Award Recipients Honored

Date Posted: 2018/04/19

Illinois ENA announced the recipients of the 2018 Annual Awards. The awards recognize emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, education, innovation and leadership in Illinois.

Award recipients are selected by the Illinois ENA Awards Committee through a blinded process after meeting the specific requirements and criteria for each award. Nominees must be members of Illinois ENA.

Illinois ENA’s highest award, the Merikay Joyce, RN, Meritorious Service Award, was established in 1979 in memory of Mary Catherine (Merikay) Milaney Joyce. This award recognizes a nurse who exemplifies outstanding practice and dedication to the nursing profession as demonstrated by clinical skill, compassion and commitment. This individual is recognized by their peers as an expert in emergency nursing and consistently exhibits professional behavior and commitment to the profession. The 2018 Merikay Joyce, RN, Meritorious Service Award recipient is Thelma Kuska, BSN, RN, CEN, FAEN.

The additional 2018 Annual Award recipients are:

Clinical Leadership Award: Patricia Altman, MSN, RN, CEN
Emergency Medical Services Nursing Award: Leslee Stein-Spencer, MS, RN
Nursing Education Award: Lynn Cabe, BSN, RN, CEN
Nursing Practice Award: Ann Marie Loiacono, MSN, RN
President’s Award: Jason Radke, MMS, PA-C
Quality and Safety Award: Carrie Sinisko, BSN, RN, TNS

Award recipients were recognized throughout the Illinois ENA 44th Annual Spring Symposium and at the Welcome Party, April 19, in Lisle, Illinois.

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

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