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March 28, 2024

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AAENP’s EmergNP 2024 annual conference held March 15 – 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah was a phenomenal success! The Energy and Engagement of attendees was positive, invigorating, substantial and palpable throughout the event. My own personal level of excitement during the conference continues as I eagerly anticipate EmergNP 2025 during March 13 – 16 in Dallas, Texas.

AAENP’s conference committee knocked it out of the park assembling a robust agenda with rigorous educational and procedural content including poster presentations. Reconnection and reflection with old and new emergency colleagues were evident as peer networking and collaboration throughout the conference.  Many attendees took advantage of numerous opportunities to gain procedural credits during the Thrive pre-conference and on Sunday during the Emerg-NP conference. An opening keynote address was presented by Sarah Michelle Boes, NP, Blueprint’s Chief Nursing Officer and Founder of SMNP Reviews. She addressed needed shifts in delivery of nursing education to address the importance that mental health quality has on student nurse wellness and on nursing professionals throughout their careers. Additionally, she expounded on career opportunities through nursing entrepreneurship, using her own journey as an entrepreneur as an exemplar.

There was MAGIC in the air during the 10th Anniversary “Denim & Diamonds” birthday bash celebration with cupcakes galore, sponsored by Blueprint. Dressed in denim and sparkling attire, attendees enjoyed a lively celebration commemorating AAENP’s national presence and the decade-long sustainable impact that the organization has made to elevate NP’s providing emergency care. The celebration further ignited energy and interest in AAENP initiatives. Many members attending the conference elected to serve on committees to become more engaged with peers in moving AAENP forward into a second decade of accomplishments. Others joined AAENP special interest groups to network and collaborate with peers in specialized areas of emergency care.


During an inaugural Awards & Recognition ceremony, seven extraordinary ENP leaders were recognized for their contributions to emergency care. Founder and inaugural president of AAENP, Dr. Elda Ramirez was honored for her visionary leadership, tenacity and pioneering spirit that launched the organization on a trajectory of success in 2014. Award recipients included Juan Gonzalez (Excellence in Leadership), Ken Stackhouse (Excellence in Community Engagement), Dian Evans (Excellence in Research), Fred Barton (Excellence in Advocacy), Ari Chaskes (Student Excellence Award), & Michael Sweeney (Excellence in Practice).


A vibrant line-up of conference sponsors and exhibitors was crucial to conference success. We are grateful for the time and expertise of these supportive representatives in making products, equipment, and information important to emergency care delivery available to conference attendees.

Believe me, you do not want to miss EmergNP 2025 next year in Dallas, TX. Gather your cowboy hat and boots and join with us as we kick our heels up, learn, network, and celebrate another year of celebrating our passion for emergency care to unify as ENPs and push our profession further towards excellence and sustainable impact!!

Lastly, I wish to thank the fearless founders of AAENP, Dr. Elda Ramirez, Dr. Kyle Kincaid, and Dr. Arlo Weltge. Without their visionary leadership, commitment and dedication to NPs in emergency care AAENP would not exist, and the voice of emergency nurse practitioners would not be recognized and sustainable. Join me as we move toward the second decade of AAENP and future accomplishments.

Cheers to YOU and all you do to elevate emergency care!!

Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, CRNP, CNS, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN

President, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners   



New AAENP Leaders Announced

During EmergNP in SLC, the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners announced changes in Board leadership following the resignation of Dr. Bradley Goettl from the President-Elect position. We wish Brad well in his new endeavor and are grateful for his longstanding commitment to AAENP. In accordance with organizational bylaws, the Board of Directors has elected two outstanding leaders to fulfill remaining terms for both the President-Elect and Treasurer positions.

Mr. Judson Smith will serve as President-Elect for the remainder of 2024 until the close of 2025 when he will transition to President of AAENP. Judson has been a member of the Board since 2021 and has served as Treasurer of the organization since 2022.

Dr. LaMon Norton, a former Board member and also a past Treasurer of AAENP, will serve as Treasurer for the remainder of 2024. LaMon is an AAENP Legacy Leader and a founding member of the organization.

Please join us in welcoming Judson and LaMon to their new positions. We are grateful for their dedication to AAENP, and look forward to their continued leadership within the organization.   


AAENP is pleased to offer a FREE WEBINAR in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us on April 9th at 6pm CST for a presentation by Beth McCord on “Addressing Sexual Violence in the Emergency Department: A Guide for Healthcare Providers”. Feel free to invite colleagues; anyone is able to attend. Members of AAENP will be able to receive 1 hour of FREE CE for attendance at this webinar. Register for the webinar using THIS LINK.


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ICYMI - New launch of ACOG Emergency Department Algorithms

Thanks to AAENP member Toni Dobson for representing NPs on the special task force for emergency department algorithms launched by ACOG! The launch includes: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) in pregnancy and postpartum, acute hypertension in pregnancy and postpartum, and eclampsia. You can access these algorithms HERE.



Member Highlight: Teresa Dodge- New York State Representative   


Teresa Dodge is a Nurse Practitioner currently working at WellNow Urgent Care. She also still works per diem in pediatric primary care and caring for newborns in the nursery. Previously she spent over eight years working in various EDs throughout NYS. She has volunteered with ENA as a member of the Education Planning Committee and recently Emergency Nursing Advanced Practice Advisory Committee. She is also a Board Member of Region 2 of the NPA (Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS) and helps plan small educational and social events for her region. Teresa is both a state and national speaker, lecturing at ENA and NPA conferences. Teresa completed her DNP at Frontier Nursing University in the Summer of 2023 with a project focused on improving telephone triage at the pediatric office. Teresa’s passions for medical education and travel are best when combined. She has joined various medical mission trips worldwide and currently volunteers with Community Health Partnership Honduras.  


Maximize NP Talent in the Emergency Department    


Optimize integrated healthcare delivery in emergency medicine by better leveraging your APP workforce. As the complexity of emergency care delivery is increasing, this on-demand webinar, in partnership with AAENP, explores strategies to maximize efficiencies in the ER to promote system sustainability. WATCH NOW


AAENP State Representatives are essential connections to our members and actively support the values and mission of the organization. State Representative needs are as follows: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. If interested, please apply through the AAENP website at



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