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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 Officers

  • President: Justin Kerns
  • Immediate Past-President: Michele Redlo
  • Treasurer: Ginelle Rasch
  • Secretary: Jess Rodriguez
  • Nursing Student & Emerging Profession Liaison: Katya Schoenberg
  • Wellness Committee Co-Chairs: Anne Natchwey & Delaney Barsamian
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Meeting Minutes

Chapter Report to State Council

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 –

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.”

November 2019
In September, EBENA had our chapter meeting in Martinez, California and had a panel of speakers that discussed ED-RN EMS Collaboration. Over 20 attendees were present for a lively discussion on how ED RNs and EMS personnel can work together to deliver more effective patient care and enhance team dynamics.

EBENA was well represented at EN19 in Austin, TX and had a shared booth in the vendor hall with San Francisco Chapter. EBENA had several members present at the national conference and participate in General Assembly as delegates. A resolution authored by 2019 President Sarah K. Wells in collaboration with ENA members from NJENA that was passed in the General Assembly. EBENA also sent one member, Mary DeCosta, on a conference scholarship. Our members who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Our 2020 Officers were elected and announced:

  • President: Michele Redlo
  • President-elect: Nancy Hiteshaw
  • Immediate Past-President: Sarah Wells
  • Treasurer: Ginelle Rasch
  • Treasurer-elect: Justin Kerns
  • Secretary: Olivia Calderon
  • Secretary-elect: – Cyrus Rivera

EBENA had a successful educational conference, “For Nurses, By Nurses”, on 10/25/2019. Over 100 attendees, volunteers, and vendors were present for a full day of emergency nursing educational topics.

August 2019
EBENA co-hosted two ESI Triage classes in collaboration with ExpeditionEd in June and July. 15+ attendees were educated on ESI and triage best practices.

On June 2, EBENA staffed a tent at Concord Pride and taught Sidewalk CPR to Concord Pride attendees.

EBENA continued its t-shirt fundraiser with the sales of their Pride EBENA t-shirt raising funds for the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County.

In May, EBENA members attended the “Nurses Night Out” Oakland Athletics game and had a fun and sporty evening of self-care and networking with nurses from around the Bay Area.

On May 29th, EBENA hosted 50+ new grads and nursing students at an educational event titled “EBENA Nursing Student and New Grad Job Skills Fair”. Attendees learned best strategies on applying to new nurse jobs and practiced interview skills with EBENA member volunteers.

May 2019
Our April 17th Chapter Meeting featured a Multigenerational Nursing Panel who discussed challenges facing multigenerational nursing staff. We had a great turnout and robust discussion from attendees that represented FOUR generations of nurses. 5/29 – Job Skills Fair for New Grads & Nursing Students – This event will be held at Samuel Merritt University and provide guidance to newly graduated nurses and nursing students on how to best create winning resumes, cover letters, and successful interview strategies. We also plan to promote the student discount rate for ENA membership to recruit new members. 6/1 – EB ENA will have a booth at Concord Pride where we will teach Sidewalk CPR and support the LGBTQ+ community of the East Bay. 6/8 – Sick or not sick? That is the questions! ESI Demystified Class – 4 Hour CE class being offered in partnership with Allison Shuttleworth, MSN, RN, CEN of ExpeditionEd for a discounted rate to ENA members at Kaiser Oakland. Pride T-Shirt Fundraiser – Currently have a Pride T-shirt available for purchase with proceeds to be shared between EB ENA and the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, a resource center for the local LGBTQ+ community. Ongoing “I Heart ER Nursing” T-shirt Fundraiser – We continue to sell our now “classic” I Heart ER Nursing t-shirts to support our EB ENA Chapter.

November 2017
Our last chapter meeting of 2017 was held at Kaiser Richmond. We had 10 attendees present for speaker, Angela Freitas, BA MS, Criminalist from Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, who presented Nursing Implication in Forensics. This was an interactive presentation, with many audience questions regarding forensics in the emergency department. Ms. Freitas also presented interesting case studies and how those cases impact the care in the emergency department. Charles Guerrero, from Chamberlain College of Nursing, gave a presentation about what services that Chamberlain College of Nursing provides for emergency nurses and higher levels of education. He sponsored the meeting with pizza, hot wings and cookies for dessert. The chapter discussed the 2018 election results, as well as National and State updates, and the need for a 2018 planning meeting. 2018 Election results: President: Michelle Redlo Immediate Past-President: Nancy Hiteshew President-Elect: Sarah Wells Treasurer: Louella Buell Secretary: Ginelle Rasch

May 2017
On May 31, 2017, the East Bay Chapter welcomed Doug Crowhurst, from Thoratec/Abbott Medical, as he presented information on nursing management of left ventricular devices in the emergency department. 19 members attended, and Thoratec/Abbott Medical sponsored the chapter dinner at Oliveto’s Restaurant in Oakland. ED nurses learned how to describe the patient selection process for an LVAD, assessment priorities, and triage considerations in patients with LVADs. Attendees also learned how to demonstrate the LVAD function and device management for patients presenting to the emergency department. Some of the comments in the evaluations were: Awesome, very good scenarios, good knowledge to learn for managing a patient with LVADs, and great speaker!

March 2017
The East Bay Chapter held their 1st quarter meeting at Summit Medical Center in Oakland on February 22, 2017 from 6-8 pm. CALSTAR presented “Savin’ Babies,” a simulation with an infant and real-life (and some not-so-real-life) scenarios. The instructors gave a great presentation on pediatric resuscitation pearls of wisdom, as well as some great mobile applications for personal use. We had 15 attendees, and planned for the rest of our year. We also discovered hidden talents in our millennial members, who are taking our social media sites to a new level. Looking forward to a great 2017!

August 2017
The East Bay ENA Chapter welcomed speaker Stephanie McGinty, BSN RN CHPN, who presented information on End of Life Concerns in the Emergency Department. The questions asked by the nursing audience and information obtained during the presentation will positively impact our patients in the ED. VITAS sponsored the meeting at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Walnut Creek. 18 attendees enjoyed an evening of information, networking and delicious food. Sara Wells, MSN RN CEN CNL, also gave a lively presentation on Pediatric Readiness, and this impact on emergency departments. David Samuelson gave the quarterly National and State updates, as well as a discussion on elections for the 2018 officers.