Emergency Nurses Association looking to improve diversity efforts

The group has teamed with a human resources firm to assess its efforts.

The Emergency Nurses Association is aiming to improve its diversity and equity initiatives, and the organization is getting some help.

The ENA has announced a partnership with Nonprofit HR, a human resources firm, to assess the progress of the association’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The ENA said it’s part of the group’s ongoing efforts to train emergency department nurses to provide better care for patients from all backgrounds.

Jennifer Schmitz, ENA’s president, said the organization has taken strides but aims to do better.

“ENA has taken many positive steps forward, but there’s still plenty more to do,” Schmitz said in a statement. “Nonprofit HR will help ENA build on the momentum created in recent years to outline a strong roadmap for the future.”

Nonprofit HR plans to survey the ENA’s members and staff to get a better understanding of “the DEI environment and the impact of the work to support it,” ENA said in a statement.

Nonprofit HR Senior Consultant Steven Krzanowski said getting better data will lead to strategies that can pay dividends.

“ENA’s investment to greater understand their environment for staff and members, coupled with this inaugural benchmark data, will serve as a foundation for future success,” Krzanowski said in a statement.

Nursing organizations have paid increasing attention to diversity efforts. The American Nurses Association released a “Racial Reckoning Statement” in July and apologized for its role in perpetuating “systemic racism.”

Nurses confront racism on a regular basis, from patients but also fellow staff members. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of nurses said they have experienced acts of racism at the workplace, often from fellow employees and managers.

Debra Toney, co-lead of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, told Chief Healthcare Executive earlier this year that racism in nursing must addressed.

“This has shocked quite a few people that the most trusted profession is steeped in racism,” Toney said in a February interview.