Let me welcome everyone to the new year.
It brings us many exciting times and
opportunities. ENA is a member driven organization.
It IS your
Maryland ENA has many opportunities to become
are your areas of interest?
Education, nursing practice, injury
prevention, advocacy and policy development or
communication. In all these areas, there are
opportunities at the chapter or state level.
Education includes not only working with our state
conference -ENA by the Bay but also presenting or
finding presenters for your chapter and state
Nursing practice is exciting and rapidly changing as
we look at new or revised position statements from
ENA along with new practice changes based on
A foundation of emergency nursing practice is Safe
Practice, Safe Care. Incorporating this concept
into stretcher-side and public out- reach
injury prevention across the lifespan is a vital
part of our practice.
This encompasses two areas of focus: quality
patient care and a safe environment for nurses and
If this is your interest, please let me know.
Advocacy and policy development
will be a big project as we address the
promotion of safety.
Safety in patient care but also safety for
nurses and those who interact with patients as we
collaborate with stakeholders to address workplace
not only in our health care facilities but also as
we look to address these issues with the
In order to successfully meet the needs of our
members and our patients, we need to develop
effective and varied means of communication.
Communication enhancements is an area where
we really need to work.
What is the best method for exchanging
Is it via email, web site, blog, twitter ( a
media which I have not embarrassed yet) or Facebook?
Do you like to write - maybe writing a
Maryland ENA update for the ENA Connection?
Are you great at web design?
Do you tweet or blog or do prefer Facebook?
Do you want to get periodic emails with
events or important information related to ENA?
I will be sending out a blast email with a
survey monkey link to ask these question.
As your Maryland ENA State Council President, I am
here as a resource and facilitator but I can not do
this effectively without your input and assistance.
That is my challenge.
My challenge to you as members of Maryland ENA
focuses on what do
or expect of ENA. Think about this and let me know.
Please feel free to email me:
Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMTP