• ENA's voice in Washington D.C.
  • Local support and assistance
  • Join the EN411 Action Network
  • Make your voice heard


Just as emergency nurses are advocates for safety and patient care, ENA is an equally determined advocate on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting emergency nurses and patients. ENA’s Government Relations team:

  • Meets regularly with elected officials on Capitol Hill
  • Tracks federal legislation affecting emergency nurses
  • Engages in the rulemaking process for programs and policies affecting emergency nurses
  • Spearheads grassroots lobbying efforts through the EN411 Action Network.

Here’s what you need to know about Federal issues impacting emergency nursing:

Federal News


Policies with the greatest impact on emergency nurses are often enacted at the state level. ENA’s Government Relations team tracks emergency medical and nursing-related legislation in all 50 states.

We work closely with leaders at the state level to identify, review, track, and advocate for legislative initiatives including workplace violence and injury prevention, as well as workforce issues such as safe staffing, safe patient handling, and nursing scope of practice.

We actively seek opportunities for members to influence the lawmaking process at the state level -- through grassroots campaigns or testifying in front of lawmakers in the state capitol.

State Council Advocacy Toolkit

The efforts of ENA members are critical in advancing the principles of “Safe Practice, Safe Care” for emergency nursing. The new Government Affairs toolkit is designed to assist state council leaders in influencing state lawmaker and agency officials as well as energizing and guiding ENA members to advocate on behalf of themselves and their patients.

State Council Advocacy Toolkit

State News

June 15, 2018

Alaska Enacts New Workplace Violence Protections for Emergency Nurses, Other Health Care Workers

The Emergency Nurses Association applauds the Alaska legislature and Governor Bill Walker for enacting House Bill 312, a criminal justice reform bill that includes ENA-supported provisions that will help protect emergency nurses from workplace violence. Although aggravated assault in Alaska is already a felony, H.B. 312 will allow prosecutors to seek stronger penalties for those who commit aggravated assault against health care workers, including emergency nurses.

June 30, 2016 Legislation News Workplace Violence

Delaware Closes Loophole in Law to Better Protect Emergency Nurses

In June 2016, Delaware became the latest state to better protect emergency nurses from assault. Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to clarify under what circumstances emergency personnel are covered under the law governing assault in the second degree, which is a felony in Delaware.

May 4, 2016 Legislation News Workplace Violence

Georgia Increases Penalties for Assault Against Emergency Nurses

In May 2016, Georgia became the latest state to enhance penalties for assaulting emergency nurses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that increases punishments to five to 20 years for aggravated assault and aggravated battery when committed against hospital emergency department personnel and emergency medical services personnel.

March 31, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Utah for Increased Workplace Protection

Emergency healthcare workers in Utah will have more protection against workplace violence after Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that increases the penalty for assault against healthcare providers or emergency medical workers when the assault causes substantial bodily injury.

Become an ENA Grassroots Advocate

A grassroots advocate is someone who supports or promotes the interests of a proposal, cause, or group at the basic or fundamental level. ENA's grassroots advocates are members, friends, family, and anyone who supports emergency nursing. We rely on supporters to be actively engaged as grassroots advocates to effect change at the local, state, and national levels.

EN411 Action Network

We established the EN411 Action Network to strengthen the voice of emergency nurses in the legislative and regulatory process.

Members of the EN411 Action Network are the first to hear about important opportunities to engage with policymakers through ENA's Action Alerts. They also receive a monthly newsletter highlighting news, issues, and legislation impacting emergency nursing. Join the thousands of emergency nurses who are already standing up and speaking out!

Join EN411

Take Action

We know you’re busy, so we’ve made it as easy as possible to participate in advocacy and influence the legislative process. There are several ways you can help.

Take Action

Action Alerts - Make Your Voices Heard!

Action Alerts are a quick and easy way for you to contact your legislators about a specific issue, bill, or vote. We will provide you with a sample letter that can be sent directly to your legislators. When possible, we always recommend you to personalize these communications.

Current Action Alerts


Working to promote safe practice and safe care.