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Call for nominations for the 2019 ENA Karen O’Neil Professionalism Award!

Deadline: February 28, 2019

The New England ENA State Presidents will be meeting to choose the recipient of the Karen O'Neil Award which will be presented at the upcoming ENA New England Regional Symposium (NERS).  The conference is being hosted by Rhode Island on April 24-25th.  This is your opportunity to nominate an exceptional colleague for consideration by the CTENA Board of Directors.


Karen O’Neil Professionalism Award


Karen O’Neil was an emergency nurse who worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Norwood Hospital, and Carney Hospital in Massachusetts. Karen was a member of the Government Affairs Committee for national ENA. She chaired the most successful NERS, which was held on Cape Cod, and was a recipient of the national ENA Professionalism Award. Before her death, she set up a scholarship for advanced practice for emergency nurses. She was passionate about advanced practice and government affairs. Karen died in 1997, at age 38.

The nurse who is the recipient of this award will best exemplify what Karen stood for: a consistent demonstration of strength and gentleness, excellence, motivation, endurance in the face of adversity, and the education and advancement of Emergency Nursing.  She truly was a beautiful daisy: a mentor to many, a friend to all.

Criteria will be based on:


  • Current membership in ENA
  • Demonstration of outstanding knowledge and expertise in emergency nursing practice, education & professionalism.
  • Demonstration of contributions that affected the profession within the community, region or county.
  • Demonstration of influencing emergency nursing in a professional role within our New England States and beyond.
  • Serving as a role model for Emergency Nurses.



Completed applications are to be emailed by February 28, 2019 to Kara Cleveland 2019 CTENA State President at karclev91@gmail.com

Please include the following information:


Nominee: ____________________________________________________________________


Hospital: _____________________________________________________________________


Manager: __________________________Phone/: e-mail: ______________________________


Nominator: ________________________ Phone: e-mail_______________________________


Number of years nominee has been a nurse: ________________________________________


Describe the nominee’s qualities which reflect those of Karen O’Neil