A number of us attended the New England Regional Symposium (NERS) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was a wonderful educational experience and networking
venue, and it also allowed the Board members to interface with representatives from the other state boards. This annual educational time is always a flurry of ideas and activities as well as overall fun. Since NERS was held the week after the Boston Marathon Bombing, “Boston Strong” resonated throughout the conference. I think we all felt a renewed respect and commitment to our colleagues and to ourselves for what we as Emergency Nurses bring to the community.
Our Annual Education and Maine Council Meeting is scheduled for September, 13th in
Lewiston, Maine. Flyers will be sent out soon. You can also check the enamaine.org web site. The topics are always interesting and pertinent to our practice.
We are most fortunate this year to welcome our Regional Representative, Ellen (Ellie) Encapera, on her first visit to Maine. Ellie is engaging and enthusiastic, and she welcomes all ideas and suggestions from ED RNs to bring back to National. Remember, ENA and MENA is only as strong as our members. Hope to see you there!
The National Scientific Conference, September 19th-21st, in Nashville, Tennessee, is fast approaching. There is still time to register. The earlier part of the week (September 17th-18th), Maine’s selected delegates will participate in the review and revisions of resolutions that have been submitted to National for consideration. This portion of the meeting precedes the Scientific Session and always generates lively and thought provoking discussions. We will be discussing all resolutions at the MENA September meeting and looking for your input on how you suggest your delegates vote.
The ballots for MENA’s Board of Directors has been posted by Karen Taylor. Thank you Karen. All the candidates are excellent and will serve us well. Your VOTE, Your VOICE! Results will be announced at the MENA September meeting.
The Maine Council of ENA will be recognized at the National Meeting as a first place State Challenge award winner. Congratulations are also in order for Lynn Gagnon for her selection as an inductee into the Academy of Emergency Nursing. To show Maine’s support for Lynn, all MENA’s delegates to the General Assembly will attend the Gala when Lynn is recognized. We are very proud of Lynn as a representative of the Maine Council and congratulate and thank her for all she has done for MENA, ENA and the profession of nursing.
Our Committee Chairs and Committees are working diligently to keep us informed and involved in major areas of Emergency Nursing. Please contact the Committee Chairs or any member of the Board if you are interested in participating. New ideas and perspectives keep us connected. Check the Website for updates.
The recent hot weather has certainly caused many challenges for all of us in the workplace as well as at home. The elderly, disabled and young are especially at risk for heat related injuries. That being said - work smart, educate your patients, family and friends about how the high temperatures can have an adverse effect on everyone, and
stay cool and safe.
Thank you for all you do. I am proud to be the President of such a fine group of professionals.
Until next time......
All the best,