The American Nurses Association (ANA) has formally recognized emergency nursing as a specialty practice.
Emergency nursing is the care of individuals across the lifespan with perceived or actual physical or emotional alterations of health that are undiagnosed or require further interventions. Emergency nursing care is episodic, primary, typically short-term, and occurs in a variety of settings.
ANA also approved the Emergency Nursing Association’s (ENA) scope of practice statement and acknowledged the standards of practice for emergency nursing. These documents, written by the ENA, form the foundation of emergency nursing and outline the expectations of the professional role within which emergency nurses must practice.