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Advantages of ENA membership?

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Specializes in Trauma/ED. Has 10 years experience.

Before I pay almost 100$/yr thought I would ask you guys if there are any advantages to becoming a ENA member? I've read on another thread that you do get a subscription to a Journal but I'm not sure if that's worth the 100$.

You get a journal, a Distaster Management newsletter, and an other smaller newsletter.

You also get discounted CEUs, reference books, and conferences.

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 15 years experience.

Costs less to take the CEN exam and some courses like TNCC are cheaper for members.

The big benefit is the meetings. You don't have to join to go to the meetings. I'm a student and I bought the student membership just 'cause it seemed impolite to go to all the meetings I can and not support the local chapter in that way. I'd suggest you go to the meetings. If they get you going, you'll probably join. If they don't do anything for you, nothing lost.

teeituptom, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU, L&D, OR.

here in DFW Ena even has worked out a decrease in some of the local golf course green fees

gets my attention anyway

If you are an ER nurse it is your professional organization. The journal is great because it lets you know what else is going on out there across the country. You get discounts on conferences and CEU's, which is worth it for me. Your CEN exam is also discounted if you are a member. Some of the other discounts include rental car, and professional Liability Insurance. I am a big supporter of the ENA, and I recommend anyone to join.

Larry77, RN

Specializes in Trauma/ED. Has 10 years experience.

Ok...fine...I'll pay the stinking 100$....he he. I probably was going to anyway but you guys talked me into doing it now.

Now it would be nice if they discounted my lift tickets for the winter and mountain biking equipment for the summer, oh and a gas discount would be nice...grrrrr.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

I belong to the ENA for the political clout and to lend my support to issues that are important to ER nurses nationwide:

Child safety issues

DUI issues

Advanced Practice stuff

You get my drift.

I belong to the ENA because of the educational opportunities offered. You will get a discount that is about equal to the cost of 1 year membership if you choose to take the CEN. The journals offer lots of good information.

AND, Stryker throws one heck of a party at national and leadership challenge

ZASHAGALKA, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 15 years experience.

I belong to the ENA for the political clout and to lend my support to issues that are important to ER nurses nationwide:

Child safety issues

DUI issues

Advanced Practice stuff

You get my drift.

If you don't belong to ANA - and let's face it, few of us do- then you should belong to your professional organization. I'm not an ENA member but I am a member of AACN (Amer Assoc of Critical-Care Nurses).

If I worked in the ED more, I'd join ENA.

The only thing I don't like about ENA is their position on family presence in code situations, but, that's another thread and we've talked about that extensively before. (I don't like AACN's policy on open visitation in critical care, but I'm still a member.)

~faith,

Timothy.

Larry77, RN

Specializes in Trauma/ED. Has 10 years experience.

The only thing I don't like about ENA is their position on family presence in code situations, but, that's another thread and we've talked about that extensively before. (I don't like AACN's policy on open visitation in critical care, but I'm still a member.)

~faith,

Timothy.

So you don't agree that the family should have the right to be present during a code or trauma? When they (ENA) explained it to me they stated that this was merely a recommendation and our facilities policies supersede any decision to allow family in a code or trauma.

I have been in a few trauma's and/or codes that the family was present and it was not a problem but if the family interfered at all with our work they would be escorted out of the room (haven't seen it only heard that's what we do). I have not seen anyone go out and get the family during a trauma or code but if they were present already I have seen them stay.

mmutk, BSN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Emergency Dept, ICU. Has 11 years experience.

The conferences are a big plus for me, plus discounted CEUs.

But that is just specific for this region...

Kidrn911

Specializes in Peds ED, Peds Stem Cell Transplant, Peds. Has 12 years experience.

Well I guess I don't get it, because I am an ER nurse and I have never joined ENA and probably never will if the fee remains high. $96 seems alittle high for me.

I get several free nursing mags anyway, TNCC and stuff like that are paid by my hospital. My states that I am licensed in don't require CEU.

Someone has got to give me a more convicing argument to join then what has been presented.

ZASHAGALKA, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 15 years experience.

Well I guess I don't get it, because I am an ER nurse and I have never joined ENA and probably never will if the fee remains high. $96 seems alittle high for me.

I get several free nursing mags anyway, TNCC and stuff like that are paid by my hospital. My states that I am licensed in don't require CEU.

Someone has got to give me a more convicing argument to join then what has been presented.

There's alot to be said for networking. It is the making of a 'professional'.

I go to AACN's annual conference and it is ALWAYS a neat experience. I'm sure ENA's is also.

~faith,

Timothy.

PANurseRN1

Specializes in Day Surgery/Infusion/ED.

The educational benefits are worth it. Plus, their journals are both informative and readable, unlike the stuff the ANA trots out...zzzzz.

I haven't worked in ED for a couple of years but I still kept my membership because someday I will go back.

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