Greetings from your state council!  I am excited to represent all of Maryland’s emergency nurses this year as the MD ENA council president.  Dozens of other ENs are also busy with our professional organization on a local level. Will you join us?  This year our council’s focus is on letting all members – and potential members – know how much the association can do for you.  Here are some big ideas.

Education: find free CEUs for members on our national website! These up-to-date podcasts and articles are relevant and uplifting, and show that you are prepared to do the best for your patients. Go to and click on the education tab.  While you’re on the site check out how many scholarships are available to our members.  Last count was 64.  There’s at least one for you! The state council puts on an amazing annual conference in Linthicum Heights every spring. When you attend you can see your peers’ research posters, hear talks from experts in many topics, and get hands on experience with new technology for ED RNs. Talk with recruiters about expanding your education and career.  Your chapter also offers more local opportunities for continuing education that is fun and held in locales like wineries and crab feasts!

Networking:  New members to our organization bring much more than numbers. Wear your ENA pin and see what questions come from your coworkers, bosses, and patients. People are impressed by your commitment to professionalism.  When you attend seminars and conferences you learn where better (and worse) jobs are from folks like you. Share ideas on how to deal with problems in every ED.  Members subscribe to the Journal of Emergency Nursing and read research and stories from EDs all over the globe.

Advocacy:  Here’s where your involvement matters on a national level. Go to our nation’s capital and talk face to face with our elected representatives. Learn how laws are made and changed.  Be part of the solution!  

Watch our website to see when the next chapter and council meetings occur. I hope to see you there! 

Carolyn Sutch  BSN RN CEN

2017 State President

Carolyn Sutch BSN RN CEN |

2017 State Treasurer

Gary Hicks MS RN CEN CNE |

2017 State Secretary

Norma Austin MHCM RN CEN |

State Council Award

2017 Maryland ENA State Officers and Committees

Carolyn Sutch President
 Gail Schoolden President-Elect
 Gary Hicks Treasurer
 Norma Austin Secretary
MaryAlice Vanhoy Immediate Past President
 Carol Gallaher Membership Chair
 Lisa Tenney Government Affairs Chair
 Melissa Burleson TNCC/Trauma Chair
 Linda Arapian ENPC/Pediatric Chair
Cynthia Wright-Johnson IQSIP Chair
 Norma Austin Press Secretary
Barbara Maliszewski Fundraising Chair
 MaryAlice Vanhoy Education Chair
 Theresa Bosworth Delegate/General Assembly Chair
 Annabelle May Historic Archive Chair
 Gail Schoolden Elections/Nominations Chair
 MaryAlice Vanhoy Nursing Practice Chair
Lena Sutch Web Chair
 Kaitlyn Aquino Research Committee
 Sally Snow Board Liaison

Maryland ENA Policies

MDENA COIP                MDENA Reserves

MDENA Whistle            MDENA chapter pol

MDENA antitrust          MDENA Tax ID

MDENA records            MDENA Chapter

Investment policy         MDENA Strategic Plan 2016-2020

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