SOURCE: Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

January 06, 2015 14:07 ET

Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN, Named President of the Emergency Nurses Association

2015 Board of Directors Reveals New Five-Year Strategic Plan

DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwired - January 06, 2015) - The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) today announced Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN, has assumed the role of president. This one-year appointment comes as the professional organization of 40,000 emergency nurses celebrates its 45th anniversary.

As president, Powers works with the ENA Board of Directors to set policies to govern and guide the Association. He has general oversight of the Board of Directors, and serves as the official representative and spokesperson of ENA.

"Matt's diverse experience in emergency care, and energetic passion for making emergency nursing a profession full of pride and commitment, really exemplifies what this organization is about as we reflect on 45 years of growth and innovation," said ENA Executive Director Susan Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN.

The new year also ushers in ENA's new Board of Directors:

President: Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN
President-elect: Kathleen E. Carlson, MSN, RN, CEN, FAEN
Secretary/Treasurer: Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN
Director: Ellen "Ellie" H. Encapera, RN, CEN
Director: Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Director: Jean A. Proehl, MN, RN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Director: Sally K. Snow, BSN, RN, CPEN, FAEN
Director: Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
Director: Joan Somes, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, NREMT-P
Director: Tiffiny Strever, BSN, RN, CEN, FAEN
Immediate Past President: Deena Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN
Executive Director: Susan M. Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN

The ENA Board of Directors was instrumental in developing ENA's new five-year strategic plan which focuses on member recruitment, engagement and retention, expanding global partnerships, educational product growth and continued leadership in measuring quality and safety in emergency nursing care.

"I'm looking forward to spending this year focusing on identifying the needs of our members to inform decisions that will strengthen our organization and benefit all members, which in turn will strengthen our duty to deliver compassionate care to our patients and their families," said Powers. "ENA's strategic plan centers on keeping nurses, other emergency department personnel, patients and their families safe while helping members provide exceptional, skilled emergency care. I'm excited to help lead that mission."

Powers started his career as a paramedic while attending nursing school. He then went on to become an emergency department nurse, charge nurse, and clinical preceptor, which led to his work overseeing clinical competence and protocol development, and instituting clinical oversight to American Medical Response and county-wide fire paramedics.

He served as the 2003 president of the Emergency Nurses Association East Bay Chapter and was president of the California Emergency Nurses Association in 2007 and 2008.

Powers currently oversees operational and clinical services for the North County Fire Authority in San Mateo County, Calif., covering EMS services for four fire departments as an EMS Battalion Chief. In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served as EMS commissioner to the California State Emergency Medical Services Commission filling the emergency nursing seat. Powers was elected chair of the commission from 2012 to 2013.

Powers also works as an on-call emergency nurse manager for Kaiser Permanente-Vacaville and is a community college faculty member. He holds a Master of Science degree in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach.

About the Emergency Nurses Association
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 40,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Marie Grimaldi
    Communications & PR Manager, ENA