ENA 2018 Closing Session: That’s a Wrap

All good things must come to an end.

Emergency Nursing 2018’s final day of educational offerings kicked off with the closing session, which featured popular critical care blogger Dr. Scott Weingart, who declared to the audience of emergency nurses, “You are the masters of resuscitation.”

Scott Weingart, MD

The ED intensivist and EMCrit blog founder spoke with candor about his idea of the “new cardiac arrest.” He said that in the past eight to 10 years there has been a sense that taking care of cardiac arrest is like a cookbook—there’s a recipe you follow. But Weingart wants more, which he explained in two talks and a live question-and-answer segment.

He addressed the idea of and his unyielding support for the nurse-led code, which earned him boisterous cheers from the audience. He delineated the responsibilities of the nurse code leader, many of which he said nurses are doing anyway.

“The nurse already spurs docs when to do what,” he said to an appreciative crowd. “At that point, the doc is already the puppet, so just take out the middle man. You’re the ones looking at the clock, you’re the ones with your head down keeping track of everything that’s going on.”

During his second talk, Weingart called on all emergency nurses to re-brand themselves to include the title resuscitationist – a term he said represents the overlap responsibilities that bridge ICU and ED nurses. It’s a maximally aggressive mindset, in which the nurse endeavors to give all they’ve got to every patient, every time, even for those he called the 1 percent – patients who are deemed to have next to no chance of survival.

“Don’t say you’re an emergency nurse, say you’re an emergency nurse and a resuscitationist,” he urged. “Nurse resuscitationists are error-preventing machines!”

Weingart said the nurse resuscitationist must strive for mastery, not just competence. They must pursue self-learning, and they must not let the culture of rule enforcement affect the best care of a patient.

He assured emergency nurses that they are the key to making the system work.

“You are all underpaid and overworked. But remember that you are essential. You’re the heroes, and you are loved,” he said.


Closing Session Offers ENA Election Results, Reports and Look Ahead

A traditional staple of the closing session is a bit of exciting housekeeping, including the ENA National Election results. ENA President Jeff Solheim took pleasure in announcing the organization’s changing of the guard, opening each envelope and announcing the winners like those of an entertainment award show. The crowd ate it up, and Solheim even teased attendees, pretending to leave out the pinnacle result of the election – the president-elect and ultimately 2020 president.

And the winners are …


President-elect: Michael Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN

Secretary/Treasurer: Ron Kraus, MSN, RN, EMT-B, CEN, ANCS-BC


Joop Breuer, RN, CEN, CCRN, FAEN

Kristen Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN


Ryan Oglesby, PhD, MHA, RN, CEN, CFRN, NEA-BC (one-year term)


Nominations and Elections Committee

Region 1: David Samuelson, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CTRN, CCRN

Region 3: Nicholas Nelson, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, CTRN, CCRN, NRP, TCRN

Region 5: Marge Letitia, BSN, RN, EMT-P, CE


“I wish them all the best as they take on these important roles in the future,” Solheim said of the newly elected officials.

Solheim also presented the annual ENA President’s Award to his son, Brandon, for providing invaluable support to him during his presidency.

Of course, as is tradition, Solheim handed the baton to ENA President-elect Patti Kunz Howard, who will officially take office Jan. 1. Howard said her platform will center on advocacy, for the profession and for each other, with a focus on inclusivity and diversity, innovation and injury prevention.

“I promise to work diligently to move the organization forward,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine a world without emergency nurses.”

ENA Foundation Chairperson Steven Jewell also acknowledged the foundation’s record-setting year, boasting $223,000 raised during the annual ENA State Challenge and $23,000 raised last Thursday during the conference welcome party, Neon Nights.

With a look to Austin for Emergency Nursing 2019, Solheim bid the packed convention center hall a “bittersweet” farewell and sent the audience on their way to enjoy the few remaining sessions of the conference.