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State Councils and Chapters may appoint committees as necessary to research and address the objectives, educational needs, professional practice, special interests, and programs of the Council or Chapter while simultaneously serving as resource consultants. In addition, each State Council and Chapter may want to maintain one or more of the following committees: education, IQSIP Institute, Pediatrics, Trauma , Government Affairs, Nursing Practice, Research, Membership, and general assembly delegation. The Chapter should also follow any committee recommendations set forth in the respective State Council Procedures.
To assist in developing procedures and defining the purpose of a given committee, sample committee descriptions are listed below.
The Education Committee is responsible for serving as an educational resource by monitoring and addressing the educational issues, needs and interests of the membership and emergency nurses in general. The committee is also responsible for promoting the nature of emergency nursing and the advancement of emergency nursing as a discipline through continuing education. The Education Committee is the provider unit for the overall planning, implementation, evaluation and quality assurance of continuing education activities.
Government Affairs Committee:
The Government Affairs Committee serves the interests of emergency nursing by developing, implementing and maintaining effective methods to influence legislation impacting the practice of emergency nursing. The committee is also responsible for developing and maintaining avenues of communication among the State Council and Chapter members to share information and obtain support on issues, which require legislation on federal, state or local levels. In addition, the Government Affairs Committee should coordinate efforts to increase voter registration among emergency nurses and explore possible avenues of proactive nursing input in the political decision-making process and the election and/or appointment of officials who will make such decisions. These avenues include, but not limited to individual member volunteer involvement, individual member candidacy, organized representation to legislative or regulatory bodies and formation or support of a political action committee.
However, those State Councils and Chapters that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code are subject to limitations in their lobbying efforts. Organizations with this designation are banned from participating in a political campaign for federal, state, or local candidates as well as from forming, supporting, or administering a political action committee (PAC). Failure to comply with these rules may result in the loss of 501c3 status. State and Chapters falling under Section 501c6 are not limited in their lobbying activity.
Trauma Nursing Committee:
The Trauma Nursing Committee is responsible for serving as an educational resource by monitoring and addressing the educational, legislative, clinical and research issues related to trauma care as well as addressing TNCC-related issues. The Trauma Nursing Committee serves as the networking body with other nursing and health care organizations to impact trauma prevention and quality of care.
The Pediatric Committee is responsible for serving as an educational resource by monitoring and addressing the educational, legislative, clinical, and research issues related to pediatric emergency nursing and care as well as addressing ENPC-related issues. The Pediatric Committee serves as the networking body with other nursing and health care organizations to impact pediatric emergency care.
The Membership Committee is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for recruiting and retaining members. This committee monitors and promotes activities or benefits available to the member at the state and local level as well as the national level. In addition, the Membership Committee is responsible for developing a method of surveying members to determine whether or not members’ needs are being met at the state and local level and what can be done to address their needs. The Membership Committee conducts an annual membership campaign either on its own or in conjunction with the ENA. Contact the ENA Association Services Team for information regarding the ENA Membership Campaign.
Nursing Practice Committee:
The Nursing Practice Committee has the responsibility of identifying and monitoring emergency nursing practice issues. This committee develops programs, services and position statements to address the needs and interests of nurses involved in emergency health care. The committee works collaboratively with other groups regarding issues that directly or indirectly impact emergency nursing.
The Research Committee has the responsibility for assisting the State Council or Chapter in the promotion, conduction, utilization and dissemination of research.
This committee is responsible for reivewing operating budget and assisting in devleopment of the annual budget. Eligibility to be nominated for Arizona State Council Treasurer comes from this committee after at least one year of active participation on this committee.