My blog post is delayed this week because I wanted to reflect about what I wanted to say. My intent behind this blog was for me to share my experiences and feelings about being president with all of you. I am almost eight months into my year as ENA president and I have had some wonderful experiences, like when I spoke at the National Student Nurses Association meeting, my visits to Spain, Australia and Vancouver and the opportunity to meet many of you. I have also witnessed the bad in our profession, like workplace violence and bullying. Thursday I saw the ugly.
I received an anonymous letter from some “ENA members” who didn’t sign their names and mailed the letter from many states away from the state they indicated they were from. The letter had inaccurate information and there is no way for me to clarify this misinformation with them. The person or persons who sent this letter are an example of the bullying and unprofessionalism that I am ashamed to admit exists in emergency nursing. I am saddened by the way these individuals have chosen to address their concerns.
The letter threatens that I “be prepared to defend the board’s action” while we are in Nashville. I am aware that there have been decisions made by myself and the board that are unpopular. I get that and I know there is no way to make everyone happy. I stand behind these decisions. As a board of directors and as president we are elected by the membership to make decisions and to develop strategic initiatives that we believe are in the best interest of the association. It seems to me there are members out there who are quick to judge without all the facts. Take ownership of your opinions.
When you have questions or concerns, please contact me or one of the board of directors. We want to hear from you, and we want to respond to you.