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Emergency Nurses


Nurses have provided emergency care to critically ill or injured patients since the first medical professionals cared for people. In the United States, hospital emergency departments were established in the early 1900s. Emergency nurses were the linchpins of these departments, but often were overshadowed by emergency room physicians. In 1970, the Emergency Department Nurses Association was founded to represent the professional interests of emergency nurses. In 1985, its name was changed to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). Today, the ENA has more than 43,000 members worldwide. 

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