Emergency Nursing is Now Recognized as a Specialty by ANA

The American Nurses Association just announced that they recognize Emergency Nursing as a specialty and have also approved the Emergency Nurses Association’s scope of practice and standards or practice. Below is part of the report from Nurse.com:

The ANA defines emergency nursing as “the care of individuals across the lifespan with perceived or actual physical or emotional alterations of health that are undiagnosed or require further interventions. Emergency nursing care is episodic, primary, typically short-term and occurs in a variety of settings.”

The ANA also approved the Emergency Nurses Association’s scope of practice statement and acknowledged the standards of practice for emergency nursing. These documents, written by the ENA, form the foundation of emergency nursing and outline the expectations of the professional role within which emergency nurses must practice.

“The criteria for attaining specialty status are rigorous, so the recognition of emergency nursing as a specialty is a significant achievement,” ANA President Karen Daley, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, said in a news release. “ANA’s role in this process is to protect patients by ensuring high quality in nursing practice and performance. This recognition tells the public that emergency nurses are dedicated to meeting high standards of care and patient safety.”

ENA President AnnMarie Papa, RN, DNP, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, said the recognition acknowledges the unique aspects of emergency nursing and gives emergency nurses a stronger voice in healthcare policy debates.


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