Our mission is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice. We envision our self to be the global emergency nursing resource and advocate for Safe Practice and Safe Care.
Our values, derived from the vision of our co-founders Judith Kelleher and Anita Dorr, guide our priorities.
- The inclusion and contributions of nursing in collaboration with healthcare partners to explore solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery.
- Compassion as an essential element of the emergency nursing profession.
- And embrace inclusion and diversity in all interactions and initiatives.
- The team-based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses.
- Lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery, translation and integration of evidenced-based research into emergency nursing practice.
- Our Code of Ethics and adheres to the principles of honesty and integrity.
- The spirit of philanthropy which allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improving the lives of patients throughout the world.
- And we place the highest value on our members for their contributions to the care of patients and their families, the emergency nursing profession, and our organization.
1. To promote and implement the philosophy and objectives of the National Association on the State level;
2. To provide leadership by identifying and addressing issues affecting emergency care and emergency nursing practice on the State level;
3. To maintain liaison with State professional organizations and agencies including but not limited to:
* California Chapter American College of Emergency Physicians (Cal ACEP);
* California Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA);
* California Board of registered Nursing (BRN);
* California Nursing Coalition.
4. State legislative issues affecting emergency care, emergency nursing practice, and public healthcare issues;
5. To develop, maintain and monitor a statewide emergency nursing network structure to address professional issues;
6. To provide continuing education opportunities on the State level;
7. To promote Injury Prevention activities through the Emergency Nurses CARE (ENCARE) Institute;
8. To implement all Bylaws and Standard Procedures on the State Level; and
9. To serve as a resource for Chapters within the State in accordance with Bylaws and Standard Procedures.
Emergency Nurses Association Vision
- ENA leads the way in knowledge, resources, and responsiveness for emergency nurses, their patients and families.
Emergency Nurses Association Mission Statement
- ENA is a professional member organization recognized internationally for promoting excellence in emergency nursing through leadership, research, education, and advocacy.
Archives & History
Some California ENA records are deposited with the UCSF Library Archives. They are not accepting collections from new organizations, as they do not have the staff or the space. We are very lucky to be able to deposit our records.
The Museum of Medical History in Sacramento at 5380 Elvas Ave. is the depository for all equipment of ages past. It is a wonderful place to see some of the instruments and equipment used in the past. I even remember using some of it. My reason for being there was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Children’s Hospital Nurse’s Alumnae Association of San Francisco. The Alumnae Association learned about the UC Archives when it first opened; that is how Cal ENA now has a deposit of records there.
The Cadet Nurse Corps
Liz Taylor, Cal ENA Historian – My Background:
In 1945 after I had just entered nursing school the war ended so I did not have a military assignment. My entire nursing school education was paid for. We also received $5/mo. during our “probie” period, $10 /mo. the next 2 years and then $15 /mo. the last 6 mo. Uniforms, books and all equipment was paid for besides. What a deal that was.
CADET NURSE PLEDGE
“At this moment of my induction into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps of the United States Public Health Service, I am solemnly aware of the obligations:
I assume toward my country and toward my chosen profession;
I will follow faithfully the teachings of my instructors and the guidance of the physicians with whom I work;
I will hold in trust the finest traditions of nursing and the spirit of the Corps;
I will keep my body strong, my mind alert, and my heart steadfast;
I will be kind tolerant, and understanding;
Above all, I will dedicate myself now and forever
to the triumph of life over death;
As a Cadet Nurse, I pledge to my country my service
in essential nursing for the duration of the war.”
77th Congress appropriated funds for the training of nurses by refresher courses; post-graduate education in special fields; and increased student enrollment in basic nursing schools through the Labor Federal Security Agency Appropriation Act of 1942.
March 20, 1943
July 1, 1943
June 23, 1943
First assignees were to the Navy, Indian Health Services, Veterans Administration, Marine Hospital, Public Health Service and 700 women were assigned to Army Hospitals.