Nurse Jennifer Schmitz takes office as the 51st president of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is currently accepting applications for its annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Awards. The U.S. Army Nurse Corps names winner of 2021 military research award. A podcast for nurse educators features experts who share teaching strategies that can be utilized with any classroom’s nursing students. Read on for this week’s nursing news and insights.
Emergency Nurses Association welcomes 51st president
Jennifer Schmitz, MSN, EMT-P, CEN, CPEN, CNML, FNP-C, NE-BC, has officially taken office as the 51st president of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), effective Jan. 3.
Schmitz, of Cape Elizabeth, ME, has spent her entire career in emergency nursing, primarily in a community hospital setting. She has served at a variety of levels and is currently the chief nursing officer for Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, ME, where she still cares for patients at the stretcher-side.
She joined the ENA in 2002 as a new graduate nurse and has been active at the local, state, and national levels ever since, according to ENA officials. She has also served as Maine’s ENA State Council president and as a member of the council’s board of directors, participated on the ENA Operations Committee in 2016 and 2017, is an active instructor with the ENA, and has served as a board member at the national level.
“I’m thrilled to lead such a great organization and look forward to the triumphs and challenges that lay ahead,” Schmitz said in a prepared statement. “Emergency nursing is a complex profession, so it’s important for all of us to focus on recharging. Whether that’s spending time doing a hobby we love, giving back to our communities, or volunteering with the association, my goal is to provide a consistent reminder that we must take care of ourselves.”
Other members of the ENA’s 2022 board of directors include:
- Terry Foster, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, TCRN, FAEN (president-elect)
- Chris Dellinger, MBA, BSN, RN, FAEN (secretary/treasurer)
- Dustin Bass, MHA, BSN, RN, CEN, BE-BC
- Joop Breuer, RN, FAEN
- Vanessa Gorman, MSN, RN, CCRN, FAEN, FCENA
- Steven J. Jewell, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
- Ryan Oglesby, PhD, MHA, RN, CEN, CFRN, NEA-BC
- Cheryl Randolph, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, FNP-BC, TCRN, FAEN
- Jack Rodgers, MBA, RN, CEN, NREMT-P, FAEN
- Ron Kraus, MSN, RN, EMT, CEN, TCRN, ACNS-BC (immediate past president)
- Amie Porcelli, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN (emerging professional liaison)
- Nancy MacRae, MS (chief executive officer)
AACN accepting applications for Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Awards
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is currently accepting applications for its annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Awards.
Awards will be presented in up to four categories: Public Colleges/Universities, Private Colleges/Universities, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, and Academic Health Centers. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award and will be invited to present at the AACN’s Diversity Symposium in November 2022. The application deadline is 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 15.
Winners of the 2021 awards included Augusta University, Frontier Nursing University, and the University of Illinois Chicago.
Complete award details, including award criteria and the application process, are available online.
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Army Nurse Corps names 2021 military research award winner
Maj. Melinda F. Moyer, DNP, has been awarded the United States Army Nurse Corps Association 2021 Military Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Award.
Moyer, the director of clinical programs at the Joint Surgeons Office, Joint Force Headquarters-Army, is reportedly the first Army National Guard Soldier to receive the award, according to the U.S. Army.
She is being recognized for her participation in a research project related to the treatment of COVID-19 — Medical Surveillance of SARS- CoV-2 infections among military personnel.
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