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East Bay ENA is here for YOU! Have questions?
Email us >> enaeastbay@gmail.com

Are you a nursing student or emergency nurse with less than 5 years of experience interested in connecting with experienced emergency nurses in Northern California and learn more about how to establish your career with support from your local ENA Chapter members?

Consider joining the East Bay & Sacramento ENA Chapters Emerging Professional Facebook Group! The goal of this group is to foster a safe space for learning, advisement, mentorship, and professional development.

If you know people who might benefit from this group, please invite them! Note that this group is specifically for current or future NORTHERN CALIFORNIA emergency nurse professionals. If you know people who would benefit from this type of online support but do not live in our area, encourage them to search for the general ENA Emerging Professional Facebook Group.

Chapter News

2023 will be a year of continued growth!

Welcome our 2023 leaders:

  • President – Justin Kerns
  • Secretary – Katie Vernon
  • Treasurer – Ginelle Rasch
  • Immediate Past President – Sarah Wells

2022 was a great year for EBENA! Here is what we did:

  • Resiliency Building Workshop with Norma Hernandez DNP RN
  • Cal ENA Legislative Day: Member Participation at 2022 Cal ENA Legislative Day in Sacramento, CA
  • Membership Blood Donation Campaign in partnership with Contra Costa College School of Nursing
  • Day on the Hill: Member Participation at 2022 ENA Day on the Hill in Washington DC
  • Poison Control Communication with ED Clinicians Virtual Educational Event with Jessica Liu, MPH
  • KEDRAB Dinner & Learn at Lake Chalet in Oakland, CA
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Learning Event at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, CA
  • EN22: Members attended EN23 as Delegates, Speakers & Attendees
  • Cal ENA State Council: Members on the Cal ENA BOD & participation in quarterly meetings + events

Stay tuned for what is coming in the coming year!

Chapter Officers

  • President: David Samuelson
  • Treasurer: Ginelle Rasch
  • Secretary: Ginelle Rasch
  • Immediate Past President: Sarah Wells

Meeting Minutes

No information available

Chapter Report to State Council

No updates for East Bay Chapter as of January 2024

Archived Reports

East Bay ENA Chapter
August 2023 Chapter Report
Submitted By: Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL

February 2023
Membership recruitment event held at Drake’s Brewery in Oakland, California. Several students and current nurse members socialized and discussed the current state of nursing.

June 2023
EBENA supported SF ENA with TraumaCon with a sponsored table. EBENA members Katie Vernon and Sarah K. Wells were TraumaCon speakers.

July 2023
EBENA celebrated member Dr. Anna Valdez as she held her first editorial board meeting for the Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN) as the Editor-in-Chief. Sarah K. Wells has also been named to the JEN’s Extended Editorial Board.

August 2023
As of 8/2023, the East Bay & Sacramento ENA Chapters Emerging Professional Facebook Group has 268 members and continues to offer support and career opportunities to its members. The East Bay ENA Facebook group has 423 members and offers a safe space to share ENA events, ED nurse happenings, and support to our members and potential members.

Numerous EBENA members will be attending EN23 as delegates and members Kristen Cline and Sarah K. Wells have written resolution GA23-09 “Management and Mitigation of Actual or Perceived Conflicts of Interest for Current and Future Volunteers of the Emergency Nurses Association” which will be debated and voted on at General Assembly 2023.

July 2022

EBENA is hosting a neonatal resuscitation and stabilization in the emergency department event at John Muir Health – Walnut Creek Campus on 7/19/2022, led by Geoffrey Kerns, RN, CCRN. This is designed to be a hands-on event to train emergency department nurses to recognize and respond to neonatal emergencies.

June 2022

EBENA is partnering with KEDRAB of Kedrion Biopharma to have a Dine & Learn event on 6/30/2022 at Lake Chalet in Oakland, California. Dr. Jerry Siegel Pharm MD will speak on human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) use for rabies prophylaxis.

May 2022

EBENA had a meeting with presenter Jessica Liu, MPH, a Project Manager for Health Research for Action from UC, Berkeley. She presented on a quality improvement project that Health Research for Action has partnered with California Poison Control to explore ways to improve communication between California Poison Control and Emergency Department clinicians.

East Bay ENA sadly lost a member of our emergency nursing community, Juana Ervin, a dedicated emergency nurse professional who died tragically on Sunday, 5/8/2022 in a fatal car accident on a day she was working in the Emergency Department at Kaiser Permanente – Vacaville. Juana was very loved and admired. A proposal has been sent to the Cal ENA BOD for a memorial scholarship to be established in her name.

April 2022

EBENA supported a blood drive hosted by the School of Nursing at Contra Costa College.

March 2022

EBENA had several representatives at Cal ENA’s 2022 Legislative Day in Sacramento, California where they advocated for California emergency nurses and patients.

November 2020

EBENA celebrated EN Week with a virtual giveaway extravaganza where we gave away ENA membership fee scholarships and a wide variety of EBENA swag. We ended the week with an online dance party, led by our EBENA member Delaney Barsamian.

Plans are for an online holiday celebration in December. Date TBA! Our 2021 officers have been established, and EBENA is excited to support our members in 2021.

August 2020

East Bay ENA (EBENA) Chapter resumed activities this month after a summer hiatus due to COVID19. On August 12, 2020, EBENA had a virtual meeting held on Zoom where there was a presentation and discussion about the challenges facing our East Bay emergency nurse community while working through COVID19 and the resulting burnout that many are suffering. We held an informal peer-to-peer support session, discussed the many resources now being offered by ENA and other organizations, and discussed the importance of maintaining our EBENA connections during this unprecedented time in healthcare.

Plans are currently in place to have several online educational offerings in October instead of our annual, in-person education conference. There was also discussions related to upcoming officer elections and the ENA national conference – ENX. EBENA will be giving away both scholarships to ENX and for 2021 ENA memberships in the coming weeks.

March 2020

East Bay ENA had a 50th Anniversary Celebration Happy Hour at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland, California in February. Our next meeting is on 3/19 at John Muir Concord. There will also be a New Grad Nurse Job Skills Fair on 4/22 at Contra Costa College. For more details, please email – enaeastbay@gmail.com

January 2020

The East Bay ENA (EBENA) Chapter ended 2019 with a Holiday Mixer in December where we networked with other emergency nursing colleagues and celebrated all of our work in 2019. A final donation of $1,500 to the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County was made with money that was raised from t-shirt sales. The EBENA leadership team also had a 2020 planning meeting where the 2020 agenda was planned.

Our first meeting is scheduled for 1/28/2020 and our speaker is Tom Bradley who will be giving a presentation titled “Active Shooter Situation in the ED.”