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KY ENA is a 501(c)(3) organization and affiliate of the National ENA. As such,  we embrace the mission of the National ENA, which is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice.

The Kentucky ENA is comprised of approximately 550 nurses from across Kentucky. We are recognized by National ENA as a “three-tier state” meaning that we have not only the National and a State ENA infrastructure, but that we also have regional chapters that exist to support the membership. Kentucky ENA members can and are encouraged to participate in ENA on any and all of these tiers.  Our State Council is governed by an executive board and committees. All chapters have representation. The State Council meets bi-monthly; dates and locations will be posted on this site. 

KNA Legislative Alerts

CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY AT  1-800-372-7181.  Tell your Senator to VOTE NO ON SB 260. 

Nurses should regulate nursing practice,
not be regulated by the Board of Medical Licensure

To find your Senator to call, click here.

SB 260 creates barriers and limits nurse practitioners from practicing to the full extent of their training and licensure.  It returns Kentucky to a state of limited access and gives the Board of Medical Licensure control over APRN prescribing!  It will significantly limit access to care provided by APRNs, particularly in underserved areas of Kentucky.

The nurses of Kentucky are making a difference:

  • We are the primary care providers in communities that have been underserved for years; APRNs serve in all 87 Kentucky’s Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
  • The number of nurse practitioners has increased by 169% from 2011 to 2017.
  • We are providing mental health services in regions that have not had access to mental health care.
  • We are completing post-operative visits, allowing surgeons to meet the needs of our growing surgical population.
  • We working in specialty care offices evaluating and treating patients and implementing care plans, working with our physician partners.
  • We are working day shift, night shift and weekends in hospitals collaborating with nurses and physicians and providing inpatient care in the ICU, ER, Labor and Delivery as well as many other areas.
  • In that inpatient role, we are collaborating with other care providers to make sure that the holistic needs of patients are met and that our patients have access to their discharge medications and home care needs.
  • We are working in long term care organizations across the state providing care to our fragile elderly Kentucky population every day.

Help Kentucky Smokers Quit! Call your senator at 1-800-372-7181. 

Tell your senator to raise the excise tax on cigarettes by at least $1 per pack. Leave the same message for your legislators.

To find your senator’s phone number and to get more information: Go to the Kentucky Legislature website: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/

Tell your senator to help make it easier for smokers to quit.

Let’s Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths in Trauma Care! It’s Time for the Senate to Act!

On February 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the MISSION ZERO Act (H.R. 880) by voice vote. The Senate must now pass the bill before it can become law. 

We need you to contact your senators and tell them the time to pass MISSION ZERO is now!

Trauma is the leading cause of death for those under age 46, killing approximately 2 million Americans since 2001, and nearly 150,000 in 2014 alone.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine estimated that as many as 20% of traumatic deaths in 2014 could have been prevented if care had been timely and optimal. That’s nearly 30,000 preventable deaths in one year!

Meanwhile, since the start of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the survival rate for members of the U.S. military arriving at a treatment facility alive has reached 98%

S. 1022the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths Act (MISSION ZERO Act) would create new federal grant programs to allow military trauma teams and individual providers to work within civilian trauma centers. The goal is to foster the transfer of knowledge and innovative techniques from the battlefield to the civilian side while allowing those military providers to keep their skills sharp while not actively deployed.

You can make your voice heard on how the nation’s trauma patients, centers, and systems can benefit from the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan!

Click the button below to send your senators a letter requesting cosponsorship and urging passage of the MISSION ZERO Act (S. 1022). It only takes a few moments and will make it clear where you stand on this issue! Take Action!