Saving lives through excellence in emergency nursing.

The National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA) is the national voice for the highest standards and practices in emergency nursing and emergency departments across Canada.

NENA advocates and educates within the health community for the recognition and support of emergency nursing as a vital specialty in the field of health care. NENA also frequently publishes “position statements” on a wide range of topics pertaining to emergency nursing and the operation of emergency departments.

One of NENA’s most important objectives is to promote the professional and skill development of emergency nurses, through educational exchange, networking, conferences and by offering and designing world class training courses such as the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), the Emergency Nursing Paediatric Course (ENPC), and the Canadian Triage an Acuity Scale (CTAS) .

NENA publishes the highly acclaimed Canadian Journal of Emergency Nursing.

NENA has a current membership of more than 1000 registered nurses. Each NENA member is also a member of a provincial emergency nursing association. While the provincial associations are governed by their own autonomous boards and bylaws, provincial associations are united to promote NENA’s national objectives.

NENA is governed by a national Board of directors which is responsive to a collaborative advisory council comprised of representatives from the provincial organizations.

Board Members

The current NENA Board members at June 2019 are:

President Jean Harsch
Past-president Stephanie Carlson
Financial Liaison Sherri Morrish
Secretary Jan Calnan
Director of Education Marie Grandmont
CJEN Editor  Mathew Douma
CTAS Representative Margaret Dymond
CTAS Representative Colleen Brayman
CEDIS Representative Margaret Dymond
Provincial Representatives:
Sherri Morrish, BC
Pat Mercer-Deadman, AB
Kristy Waffle, SK
Cheryl Swanson, MB
Janice Spivey, ON
Joe Carr, NB
Acting NS Director, NS
Samantha Kennedy, PEI
Acting NL Director, NL
Rebecca Reid Territories / Ind.

Bylaws and AGM Minutes

Over the past two years, all Federal Not-for-Profit groups were required by law to revise their By-Laws and file for an Article of Continuance. Your Board of Directors has been working to complete the changes required to bring NENA into compliance with Corporations Canada – Not for Profit Act (NFP),S.C. 2009, c. 23, current to Feb 27, 2014.

Bylaws AGM Minutes
AGM 2019
AGM 2018
Bylaws-Amendments July, 2017 AGM 2017
AGM 2016
AGM 2015
AGM 2014
AGM 2013

NENA Partners

IAFN International Association of Forensic Nurses Provides leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
FNCS Forensic Nurses’ Society of Canada An approved special interest group in the Canadian Nurses Association since July 2007. Works to prevent violence and reduce its consequences.
International Emergency Nursing An official peer reviewed journal of the European Society of Emergency Nurses and The Faculty of Emergency Nursing (UK).
CNA Canadian Nurses’ Association The national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 148,992 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.CNA has published a large number of documents, including the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.
ENA Emergency Nurses Association An international voice and authority on emergency nursing, representing 35 countries and 40,000 members, and focussing on teaching, networking and advocacy.
CAEP The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians The national voice of emergency physicians since 1978, CAEP plays a vital role in the development of national standards and clinical guidelines, while collaborating with other specialties and healthcare groups.NENA partnered with CAEP to develop CTAS, the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale. A NENA representative remains on a national working group which updates and revises CTAS. CAEP maintains a listing of upcoming CTAS courses on their website.CAEP has also partnered with other groups to develop CEDIS, Canadian Emergency Department Information Systems. From their website:
There is growing belief in the need for comparative standards and benchmarks in health care. However, Canadian hospitals gather few emergency department (ED) data, and most cannot track their case mix, care processes, utilization or outcomes.Consequently, CAEP has identified a need for a national ED information strategy and, along with the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation (NENA) and l’Association des médecins d’urgence du Québec (AMUQ), established a joint working group on Canadian Emergency Department Information Systems (CEDIS).