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Terrorism Response, Patient Safety on Agenda at National Emergency NursesMeeting; 2005 Emergency Nurses Association Annual Meeting Sept. 14-17, Nashville


CHICAGO, July 21 -- As recent events in London once again emphasize the importance of emergency medical personnel as front line providers of disaster aid, emergency nurses from across the country will gather in Nashville, Tenn., Sept.14-17, 2005 to take in the latest approaches to mass casualty response, evaluate ways to improve patient safety, and learn about latest practices and innovations.

“In addition to the threat of terrorism, emergency nurses face growing challenges such as the nursing shortage and emergency department crowding that can compromise patient safety,” said Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, president of the Emergency Nurses Association, which represents more than 27,000 emergency nurses nationwide. “This September in Nashville, emergency nurses will learn specialized skills and management techniques to help them ensure quality patient care in a multitude of emergency settings, including mass casualty incidents. It’s ENA’s goal to revitalize skills, enhance knowledge, and renew dedication to the profession.”

The 35th annual ENA meeting will offer an expanded program featuring workshops and interactive courses on pressing topics such as keeping patients safe in the emergency department, emergency pediatric care, and injury prevention strategies. More than 90 sessions will cover issues ranging from pain management to playground safety.

Particularly timely to this year’s meeting is a pre-session that addresses emergency room preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack. “Bioterrorism - The CDC’s ’Big Six’” will equip emergency nurses with strategies to respond to both man-made and naturally occurring incidents of mass casualty. Additionally, “Flight Nursing in the Middle East,” will be presented by a flight nurse who participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and examines the approaches taken to treat unique injuries encountered on these missions.

The 2005 ENA Annual Meeting exhibit hall will feature hundreds of product exhibits showcasing new developments in equipment, technology, and clinical resources for the nation’s emergency rooms, such as emergency medicine software, pain monitoring systems, wheelchairs, examination tables, stethoscopes, and much more.

For more information on the 2005 ENA Annual Meeting, visit the ENA Web site at or call 866-868-6362.



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About the Emergency Nurses Association:

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 27,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention, and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site, at


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