SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, the ENA Foundation announced the new COVID-19 Relief Fund to support emergency nurses serving on the front line of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis impacts emergency nurses both professionally and personally and presents unprecedented challenges for ENA members. The $200,000 will serve as seed money to begin the fund for nurses experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.
"As our emergency nurses continue to fight the ongoing spread of COVID-19, we recognized an immediate opportunity to make a difference in their lives," said ENA President Mike Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN. "The pandemic is going to cause various difficulties for ENA members, and we want to show our support."
ENA members who need financial assistance due to personal hardship experienced as a direct result of COVID-19 may apply for a one-time individual relief grant of $599 to assist themselves and their family during this difficult time. Priority consideration will be provided to nurses serving in targeted hot spot areas.
"The ENA Foundation is proud to begin this relief fund in support of emergency nurses," said ENA Foundation Chair Jim Hoelz, MS, MBA, RN, CEN, FAEN. "Our goal is to quickly and efficiently help emergency nurses who are serving on the front lines of this pandemic, and we're actively looking for individual, corporate and foundation contributors who wish to support this urgent initiative."
ENA members in good standing are encouraged to apply. Grants will be provided on a rolling basis as long as funds are available.
Applications are now being accepted at https://ena.smapply.io/.
Individuals, corporations and foundations interested in donating can do so at https://www.enatogether.org.
About the ENA Foundation
The ENA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is the philanthropic arm of the Emergency Nurses Association. The foundation powers the future of emergency nursing with a mission focused on providing academic scholarships, research grants and continuing education opportunities to emergency nurses. Since 2009, the ENA Foundation has awarded approximately $2.8 million to emergency nurses to earn degrees, expand their skills through continuing education and conduct research projects directly related to emergency nursing and led by nurse researchers.
About the Emergency Nurses Association
The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 45,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency health care public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.
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