Statement on Mercy Hospital Active Shooter Incident

Date Posted: 2018/11/20

Illinois ENA stands with the victims, their loved ones and colleagues as a result of the horrific and tragic active shooter incident that took place yesterday at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago.
Gun violence has no place in the emergency department, hospital, or healthcare environment.
We offer our most sincere heartfelt and deepest condolences to the Chicago Police Department and family of CPD PO Samuel Jiminez, to Mercy Hospital and the families of emergency physician Dr. Tamara O’Neal and pharmacy resident Dayna Less.
To the all those who responded or intervened to this senseless violence, your actions saved lives.
Mental health resources are available, including:
–The TURN Center is offering extended services including expanded hours of their Trauma Counseling Helpline: 1-833-TURN-123
–Regional Illinois CISM teams 24/7 emergency access: 1-800-225-CISD (2473)
–National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Call for Speakers

Date Posted: 2018/09/26

45th Annual Spring Symposium

Share Your Expertise & Experience

Illinois ENA is seeking proposal submissions for Speakers for the 45th Annual Spring Symposium, April 4-5, 2019 at the Hilton Lisle-Naperville Hotel, Lisle, Illinois.

Share your emergency nursing experience and expertise with your colleagues from around Illinois and surrounding states!

Call for Speakers

The Spring Symposium is the largest emergency nursing conference in the Midwest and includes the Advanced Clinical Program, designed for advanced practice nurses and experienced nurses, and the General Sessions, including the Keynote Address and Closing Address.

Session speakers will be invited to attend Spring Symposium complimentary the same day of their presentation and will receive a stipend.

Candidate speakers are not required to have extensive teaching or presentation experience, but it is highly recommended that speakers are comfortable speaking to small-to-medium sized groups.

Submission deadline is Friday, October 14, 2018

Contact Madiha Khan with questions.

2019 Call for Poster Abstracts

Date Posted: 2018/08/10

Illinois Emergency Nurses Association’s 45th Annual Spring Symposium 2019

Due by November 9, 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 each day!


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 750 words and include the following:

  • Cover page (includes abstract title, author name, email, employer)
  • 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:

  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Injury Prevention
  • Disease Management in the ED
  • Trauma
  • Triage
  • Pediatrics
  • Professional Issues
  • Burnout

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.

The top 3 abstracts will receive free admission to the conference on Friday, April 5, 2019, along with the opportunity to give a 10-15-minute presentation during our EBP poster winners breakout session!

View required criteria

Submit your poster abstract via email to Ivelisse Sanchez (EBP Committee Chair) at  by the deadline. Please submit the attached conflict of interest form with your abstract. Abstracts submitted without a COI form will not be accepted. Poster winners and those posters chosen for display will be notified via email by the beginning of December.

Have a project but not sure how to start an abstract? Contact Beverly Weaver at  Beverly will answer any questions you have and help guide you in submitting a successful abstract.

2019 Call for Abstracts

Conflict of Interest Form

2018 General Assembly Delegate Application

Date Posted: 2018/06/08

The Illinois Emergency Nurses Association (Illinois ENA) invites all members to apply to be a delegate to the 2018 General Assembly.
This year’s General Assembly will be held on Tuesday, September 25 (7:4511:45 am) and Wednesday, September 13 (7:4511:30 am; 1:305:00 pm) in Pittsburgh, PA.

The number of delegates per state is determined by ENA policies and membership numbers as of May 15, 2018. For 2018, Illinois ENA has been allocated 24 delegates and 1 alternate delegate.

Applications are being accepted June 9 through June 30, 2018.

An online application process is used. Interested members should access the Members Only section of the website and click on the “Delegate Application Form” link on the left. For instructions on how to access the Members Only section, click on the link below. Complete and submit the application. After your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Members Only Access Information

On June 30, 2018, the application process closes. All applications will be reviewed based on a point system assignment.  Those scoring the highest points will be considered to serve as a delegate. To ensure active involvement of new members in both the ENA and Illinois ENA organizations, the Illinois ENA President has the authority to include up to 20 percent first-time delegates. All delegates will be notified by July 6. 

Should circumstances arise where you are no longer able to fulfill your delegate duties, please notify immediately. 

Selected delegates receive up to $ 1,000.00 in reimbursement to offset expenses. Reimbursement (consistent with Illinois ENA Financial Policies) is available after the close of the General Assembly.


  1. Current ENA membership (must not expire prior to the completion of General Assembly)
  2. Current registered nurse licensure
  3. Submission of delegate application form by assigned deadline
  4. Must be able to travel to Pittsburgh, PA and attend all General Assembly activities.
  5. If attending the Scientific Assembly of the Emergency Nursing 2018 conference, delegates are required to assist the staffing of the Illinois State Council booth in the exhibit hall. The schedule will be worked out on a first-come, first serve basis to take place in late summer.

A point system developed by the State Council will determine candidate selection. Further information and the policy related to this process are available by clicking here.


The expectations and responsibilities of a delegate include but are not limited to:

  1. Attendance/teleconference participation at the summer Illinois ENA State Council meeting:

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Advocate Christ Medical Center
4440 W. 95th St.
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
8:30 am–12:00 pm

Illinois ENA reviews the General Assembly processes including the proposed bylaw amendments and resolutions at this meeting, therefore delegates are expected to attend.

  1. Attends/completes the General Assembly orientation session. To be eligible for the State Council Achievement Award, we must have 100% compliance with the delegate orientation program.
  1. Attends all the General Assembly proceedings:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:45–11:45 am
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:45–11:30 am and 1:305:00 pm

  1. Assures an alternate delegate is available to assume voting if delegate should need to leave the Assembly Hall during the session.
  1. Displays an ongoing commitment to Illinois ENA activities by participating Illinois ENA activities.

We look forward to your delegate application. If you have any questions, please contact


Rosemarie Nolazco, BSN, RN, TNS
2018 State Captain

Kathy Bowen, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
2018 Delegates/General Assembly Chair

Illinois State Council
Emergency Nurses Association

2018 Election Results

Date Posted: 2018/06/06

Jeff Murphy, MSN, MHA, RN, CEN, NE-BC

Rosemarie Nolazco, BSN, RN, TNS

Carol Tulley, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TNS




Congratulations to the candidates elected by the Illinois ENA members to serve on the 2019 Illinois State Council ENA Board of Directors!

  • Jeff Murphy, MSN, MHA, RN, CEN, NE-BC will serve as the 2019-2020 President-Elect, 2021-2022 President, and 2023-2024 Immediate Past President
  • Rosemarie Nolazco, BSN, RN, TNS will serve as the 2019-2020 Secretary
  • Carol Tulley, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TNS will serve as the 2019-2020 Director

The newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in during the last State Council Quarterly Meeting of 2018, on November 17, at AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center in  Hoffman Estates.

Notarized election results will be posted in the members only section of the Illinois ENA website. For further instructions, please click the following link to login to the Members Only page: Login Instructions

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