California ENA: Looking Ahead at 2018
By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL
2018 President-Elect, East Bay Chapter of California ENA

As we start the new year, California ENA already has a full 2018 agenda. California ENA continues to be a dynamic and growing organization that works to promote excellence in emergency nursing through multiple avenues – leadership, advocacy, and education. The 2018 calendar is full of events to help support those missions. Let’s take a look at what this year has in store for Cal ENA –


California ENA has five State Council meetings scheduled where all members are welcome to take part in discussions of trending topics in emergency nursing with state-level leadership and also gain access to the educational events that are always included at the meetings. The locations for our meetings this year look very inviting! Check the dates below to see if you can join us:

January 4, 2018 January 5, 2018 Laguna Beach  |  Surf & Sand Resort
March 21, 2018 March 22, 2018 Sacramento  |  Hyatt Regency
May 10, 2018 May 11, 2018 Santa Barbara  |  Fess Parker
August 9, 2018 August 10, 2018 Sonoma  |  The Lodge at Sonoma
November 8, 2018 November 9, 2018 San Diego | Kona Kai


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Advocacy –

Our “Legislative Day on the Hill” (AKA “Leg Day”) is coming up on March 21, 2018 in Sacramento. This year’s Leg Day will start with a cocktail reception with the Leg Aids on Tuesday, March 20th from 6-8pm. The next day, March 21st AM we will give a presentation on the “Leg Day” process and in the afternoon, we will tour the Capitol and visit with legislators. We will finish “Leg Day” with a Sidewalk CPR demonstration to educate the public on compression-only CPR. This event is an amazing opportunity to really go door-to-door to advocate for emergency nurses with your state legislative leaders. Registration is required by February 28th. Come join us for a day of fun and advocacy!!

Legislative Day on the Hill – March 21, 2018
Sacramento, California
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The national “Day on the Hill” will be May 8 & 9, 2018 this year in Washington, D.C. Join ENA members from across the country to make your voice heard as we meet with federal lawmakers and discuss public policy priorities important to emergency nurses on the national stage. Registration is required by January 29.

Day on the Hill – May 8 & 9 2018
Washington, D.C.
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Education –

California ENA and national ENA offers many educational events for emergency nurses on the chapter, state and national level. These events are incredible opportunities to learn and network with a diverse array of emergency nursing professionals. This year, we have quite a few opportunities already planned. See if you’re free to join us for any of the events below –

Date Place Website
March 2, 2018 NEURO-CON
San Francisco, CA
November 8, 2018 Emergency Care by the Bay
San Diego, CA
September 26-29,2018 Emergency Nursing 2018

Pittsburgh, PA


2018 is going to be an excellent year for California ENA. Now the only question is – how do you want to get involved?

About the Author – Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL works as an ER nurse in Concord, California and is the 2018 President-Elect of the East Bay Chapter of California ENA. Sarah is also an educator, speaker, blogger and owner of New Thing Nurse, a professional and academic coaching company for the nursing world. Sarah is passionate about emergency nursing, pediatric care coordination, nursing advocacy, and creating a supportive nursing culture throughout healthcare. Contact – or


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