In response to the growing need for advanced practice nurses, Emergency Nurses Associations board of directors recently approved the creation of the Institute of Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice, according to a news release.
The institute was developed in response to ENA members looking for education, programs and resources dedicated to meet the unique needs of APNs. APNs are registered nurses with advanced educational preparation at the masters or doctoral level.
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Foundation report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommended using nurses to the fullest extent of their education. Using APNs as part of a multidisciplinary team enhances quality and increases the number of healthcare resources available to the public, according to the release.
The creation of the institute directly supports several of ENAs organizational strategic goals, including global advanced practice education, resources, networking and skill development, that cater to the needs of APNs.
Thanks to member input, the ENA Board of Directors identified the growing need for resources and education in this area, and responded with a robust plan catered to the advanced practice emergency nurse specialty, ENA President Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN, said in the release. The board is committed to ensuring that ENA is consistently recognized as the premiere authority for emergency nursing and emergency care at all levels.
The institute also will serve as the leading provider of ANCC accreditation for APN education. An emergency nurse practitioner residency program is slated for development along with an authors center dedicated to assisting and training volunteer authors.
The APN field has grown substantially over the past five years, and we now have the resources to further support those nurses growing needs, ENA Executive Director Susan Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN, said in the release. The Institute of Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice will serve as an unparalleled resource for our advanced practice nurse members. Were looking forward to further elevating the status of advanced practice nurses in a way that will allow them to spend extra time with a patient and facilitate patient engagement unlike any other healthcare provider.
IENAP will work closely with ENAs three other institutes: the Institute for Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention, the Institute for Emergency Nursing Education and the Institute for Emergency Nursing Research, according to the release.