In Memoriam

Date Posted: 2015/08/22

Illinois ENA acknowledges the following ENA members who passed away during 2014 – 2015, and recognizes their many contributions to the field of emergency nursing during their careers.

Denise Hahn, MS, RN – Most recently, Denise served as Director, Emergency Department at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson, Illinois.

Denise Hahn, MS, RN

Rebekah Imig, BSN, RN, TNS. Rebekah worked in the Emergency Department at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Rebekah Imig, BSN, RN, TNS

Patricia Vandeschraaf, RN.  Patricia served in many roles over the years in the Emergency Department at Pekin Hospital in Pekin, Illinois including staff nurse, Educator, Clinical Supervisor and EMS Coordinator.

Patricia Vandeschraaf, RN

National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Date Posted: 2015/07/24

Where’s Baby Heatstroke Campaign: The Dangers of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is the No. 1 killer of children, outside of car crashes.  That’s why Illinois Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.

Nationwide in 2014, there were at least 30 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.

As outside temperatures rise, the risk of children dying from being left alone inside a hot vehicle also rises. One child dies from heatstroke nearly every 10 days from being left in a hot vehicle, but what is most tragic is that the majority of these deaths could have been prevented.

All parents and caregivers are urged to do these three things:

  1. NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended.
  2. Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car.
  3. ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away.

If you are a bystander:

  1. Always make sure the child is okay and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.
  2. If the child appears OK, you should attempt to locate the parents or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over a public address system.
  3. If there is someone with you, one person should actively search for the parents while someone waits at the car.
  4. If the child is not responsive and appears in great distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child, even if that means breaking a window.

A child’s body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult, with heatstroke possible in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

Fifty-nine percent of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths involving children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and 29 percent are from children getting into a hot car on their own. We want to get the word out to parents and caregivers: Please look before you lock.

For more information about Heatstroke prevention, please visit

Remember: In Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

2015 Election Results

Date Posted: 2015/06/03

Wilson 2015

Lisa Wilson, BSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC

Bobst 2015

Kirk Bobst, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN



Congratulations to the candidates elected by the Illinois ENA members to serve on the 2016 Illinois State Council ENA Board of Directors. Lisa Wilson will serve as the 2016 Treasurer-Elect, 2017-2018 Treasurer and 2019 Immediate Past Treasurer. Kirk Bobst will serve as the 2016-2017 Director. The newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in during the last State Council Quarterly Meeting on November 14, at Presence Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Notarized election results have been posted in the confidential documents area for members only on the Illinois ENA website. For further instructions, please click the following link to login to the Members Only page: Login Instructions

General Assembly Delegates 2015 Application Open

Date Posted: 2015/05/10

The Illinois Emergency Nurses Association (Illinois ENA) invites all members to apply to be a delegate to the 2015 General Assembly. This year’s General Assembly will be in held in Orlando, Florida, September 29, 30, and October 1.

This is a new three-day format. Interested members should plan to fly into Orlando on Monday, September 28, 2015 to be available for the start of the GA on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

For those delegates who are not planning on staying for the entire conference, the General Assembly will finish at 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Please schedule your travel plans accordingly.

The number of delegates per state is determined by ENA policies and membership numbers as of May 1, 2015. In the past Illinois ENA has seated 25 delegates and one alternate delegate. We expect to have a similar number of delegates this year.

Applications are now being accepted until June 26, 2015.

We use an online application process. Interested members should fill out the application by following the instructions below. Complete and submit the application.. When your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours.

On June 26, 2015, the application process closes. All applications will be reviewed and those scoring the highest will become delegates. 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% first time delegates. All delegates will be notified by July 1, 2015.

Selected delegates receive up to $1,500.00 to offset expenses. Reimbursement (consistent with Illinois ENA Financial Policies) is available after the close of the General Assembly.


  1. Current ENA membership
  2. Current registered nurse licensure
  3. Submission of delegate application form by assigned deadline
  4. Must be able to travel to Orlando, Florida and attend all General Assembly activities.

A point system developed by the State Council will determine candidate selection. Further information and the policy are available at


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 22, 2015
Edward Hospital
810 S. Washington Street
Naperville, Illinois 60540
8:30am – 1:00pm

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 29, 2015
7:30am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30am – 12:00pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015
7:30am – 12:00pm

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

I’m looking forward to reviewing numerous delegate applications. If you have any questions, please contact me at



Steve Stapleton, PhD, MS, RN, CEN, FAEN
Delegate Captain
Illinois Emergency Nurses Association

Voting Open for 2015 Board Elections!

Date Posted: 2015/04/17


This is your opportunity to vote for the following two Illinois State Council Board positions.  The term for these positions will begin in 2016.

  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Director

Please note that voting opens April 17 and closes on May 31, 2015. 

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

For any questions with voting, please contact

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