In my opinion, these things you list as "useless" are some of the key components in what sets this portfolio process apart from taking a test for initial certification. This isn't establishing initial minimal competency, It is validating our expertise, both clinical and professional, in our career specialty.
Simply being an NP that works for two, ten or twenty years isn't enough to demonstrate to our peers that we are truly dedicated professionals who are advanced practice nursing experts in Emergency Medicine.
If you look at the content outline, Professional Development is only 15% of the review, which is only slightly more than the combined rating of your self eval and peer review, which I'm certain will be stellar for every portfolio submitted. I'm not thinking it should be too hard to come up with a couple of ways to do the things listed below, even in rural communities, if you are serious about wanting this certification.
From the content outline:
The ENP is to provide evidence in certifications, professional development record, and/or resume of:
Participating in activities that support personal development and career advancement in emergency care (e.g., speaking engagements, mentoring, precepting, active membership in professional organizations and/or community groups, publishing)
The ENP is to provide evidence in certifications, practice hours, professional development record, resume, and/or exemplar of:
Participating in continuing education and academic pursuits (e.g., journal club, obtaining continuing education credits, academic credits, research) related to emergency care (e.g., treatment modalities, disaster training, advanced airway courses, ultrasound training, ACLS)