2019 General Assembly Delegate Application

Date Posted: 2019/05/24

The Illinois Emergency Nurses Association (Illinois ENA) invites all members to apply to be a delegate to the 2019 General Assembly. This year’s General Assembly will be held on Saturday, September 28 (7:45–11:45 am) and Sunday, September 29 (7:45–11:30 am; 1:00 –5:00 pm) in Austin, Texas.

The number of delegates per state is determined by ENA policies and membership numbers as of May 15, 2019. For 2018, Illinois ENA was allocated 24 delegates and 1 alternate delegate.

Applications are being accepted May 23 through June 15, 2019.

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 15, 2019 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 Austin, Tx and attend all General Assembly activities.
  5. If attending the Scientific Assembly of the Emergency Nursing 2019 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 is mandatory:

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital
Foglia Center (Huntley Campus)
10400 Haligus Road
Huntley, Illinois 60142
8:30 am–12:00 pm

Illinois ENA reviews the General Assembly processes including the proposed bylaw amendments and resolutions at this meeting. Delegates are expected to understand what they will be voting on at the General Assembly.

  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:

Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:45–11:45 am
Sunday, September 29, 2019
7:45–11:30 am and 1:00–5:00 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 by participating in Illinois ENA activities.


  1. Assists in staffing the Illinois ENA booth during the Conference.

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


Rosemarie Nolazco, BSN, RN, TNS
2019 State Captain

Kathy Bowen, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
2019 Delegates/General Assembly Chair

Illinois State Council
Emergency Nurses Association

ENA State Fundraising Challenge 2019

Date Posted: 2019/03/05

The 2019 State Fundraising Challenge is underway!

From January 24 through May 31, 2019, the ENA Foundation will be accepting donations that will go toward helping the best and the brightest achieve their dreams.

ENA state councils and local chapters wage a friendly competition each year in support of the advancement of emergency nursing.  The ENA State Fundraising Challenge is the ENA Foundation’s largest source of funding! 

The Challenge has a new theme this year: ENSTRONG!, the theme of helping empower emergency nurses with gifts that will fund academic scholarships.  States that raise $5,000 or more have the privilege of naming their own academic scholarship the following year.

With your help, we can reach the ENA Foundation’s goal of $190,000 and participation from all 50 states to:

  • Give nurses a chance to further their education
  • Provide nurses with the tools to save lives
  • Shape the future of emergency nursing


The ENA Foundation welcomes individual donation as well.  Consider donating today.  No amount is too small. 

Donate at:

Click here to see the 2019 State Challenge Flyer

2019 Call for Board of Directors Nominations

Date Posted: 2019/02/24

 Call for Nominations for the 2019 Illinois State Council ENA Election Candidates
: FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

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 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 for the following elected positions:

2020 Treasurer-Elect

2020-2021 Director


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.

Director position sample summary statement

Treasurer-elect position sample summary statement

  • A professional biography

Director position sample biography

Treasurer-Elect position sample biography

  • 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.

2019 Illinois State Council ENA Election Timeline
February 27, 2019 Call for nominations opens
March 22, 2019 Call for nominations closes
April 4, 2019 Meet the candidates on the website and at Spring Symposium
April 5, 2019 Election voting opens
June 1, 2019 Election voting closes
June 4, 2019 Election results announced
November 9, 2019 Board orientation for newly elected Board members
January 1, 2020 Newly elected Board members take office

To view the current Board of Directors, visit

Candidates’ biographies and photographs are due to Christine Chaput, Past President, Illinois ENA via email at by March 22, 2019.

Statement on Aurora Active Shooter Incident

Date Posted: 2019/02/22


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 last Friday at the Henry Pratt Co in Aurora, IL.

Gun violence has no place in the workplace. We offer our most sincere heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives.

Every day our first responders protect, serve, and support our communities.  To all first responders 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

IENA Annual Awards Nomination due 02/28/19

Date Posted: 2019/02/14

Awards Nomination