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Email us >> enaeastbay@gmail.com

2020 Events Info:

December 2020 – Online Holiday Celebration
More details to come!

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

EBENA is starting 2022 off with a new slate of leaders: President: Justin Kerns and Sarah K. Wells Treasurer: Amanda Theolet Secretary: Katie Vernon Nursing Student & Emerging Profession Liaison: Katya Schoenberg Education Chair: Michele Redlo

EBENA is hosting a virtual resilience workshop on 2/3/2022, open to all qualifying participants. See details below:

WHAT: Resiliency Workshop – The Community Resilience Model WHEN: 10am-11am ONLINE February 3, 2022

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Presenter Norma Hernandez, an emergency department nurse and 3rd-year DNP-FNP candidate at the University of California Irvine, is working on a DNP project for emergency department nurses >> looking decreasing compassion fatigue through resiliency training. This event will be a one-time, 1hr trauma-informed educational workshop where ED nurses will learn 6 sensory-based skills to help keep you in your resilience zone throughout your shift using the Community Resilience Model.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED >> Email normadh@uci.edu Participants will be required to complete a pre-survey prior to the workshop and a post-survey 8 weeks later. The point of the project is for ED nurses to use the skills learned within those 8 weeks.

**ED nurse participants will be compensated for their participation with a Starbucks or Visa gift card of $10 for the pre-survey and workshop.**

Chapter Officers

  • President: Justin Kerns and Sarah K. Wells
  • Treasurer: Amanda Theolet
  • Secretary: Katie Vernon
  • Nursing Student & Emerging Profession Liaison: Katya Schoenberg
  • Education Chair: Michele Redlo

Meeting Minutes

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Chapter Report to State Council

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.

Archived Reports
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.”