Chapter meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1800. For the most up to date info, go to our Facebook page or contact a Chapter Officer listed below for location information.
Chapter Report to State Council
Inland Empire has been working hard to plan for the upcoming year. We have teamed up with Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Dept, for a Nurse and EMS educational conference coming up this week-where we will have our first fundraiser for the year. Our annual blanket drive is just around the corner, and we are gearing up for a great day of giving back to our community. Looking forward to a busy year!
The Chapter has been busy planning for CEN and CPEN review courses presented by the Soleheim group. There will also be a FEMA sponsored Pediatric Disaster conference held at Loma Linda University Medical Center September 11-12, 2018. The Chapter will be hosting a resume workshop on June 19th for any RN students that are graduating and would like tips on how to create a resume as well as how to perform an interview. July we will be having a meeting at Yogurt land that will be used as a fundraiser. The Inland Empire chapter is also working on a one day renewal TNCC course for a fundraiser for the chapter.
2018 President- Mindy Potter President Elect- Megan Duke Treasurer- Leslie Duke Secretary- Cheryl Curtis The last quarter of 2017 the Inland Empire Chapter partnered with a local hospital to disperse blankets, socks, sack lunches, hand sanitizer as well as dog toys and food to the homeless population in the San Bernardino arena. A group of about 30 volunteers went to homeless areas and handed out the bags. Over 150 bags were handed out. We took a break over the holidays so that everyone could spend time with friends and family, We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are excited to see what 2018 brings.
In the Inland Empire we have had a busy few months. Since we last met we have had numerous new members (46 since the last state meeting) and we are seeing more consistency in those that are coming out. In August we hosted a CEN review and in September a CPEN review. In October we tried a noon meeting instead of an evening meeting and we had a great turn out! We met at a local coffee shop and while we did share some updates we really just wanted to spend time getting to know our new members. Our main goal was to be available to any of the ED nurses in our community who were affected by the the Las Vegas tragedy. As a chapter we sent gourmet cupcakes to the 7 hospitals who received shooting victims during ED nurses week and spoke to their managers in offering our deepest condolences and support. For this months meeting we hosted an instructor course for Stop the bleed and had great participation and attendance. Next month on December 3rd, we will be celebrating the spirit of giving back by hosting our third annual homeless outreach in which we will pair up with a local hospital and collect and wash hundreds of blankets to pass out. Additionally pass out meals, new socks and also dog food and dog toys. Each year its been a great hit and it has been a blessing to everyone involved.
The Inland Empire has had a very busy couple of months! In June we had a resume/Interview workshop that was open to students from all of our local nursing schools. We had GREAT attendance and a lot of interest in the ENA. In June and July we hosted a CEN and a CPEN review with great attendance. In order to celebrate those that got their certifications we are hosting a dinner party for all of those that have gotten their CEN, CPEN or TCRN this month. It should be lots of fun! Instead of our traditional meeting in July we hosted the distracted drivers course that the CHP puts on. We had great attendance with a lot of new interest in the ENA. Since our last state meeting in May we have 42 new members! This fall we are looking forward to an awesome fundraiser at a local brewery. We are excited to see what these next few months bring!
Since our last state meeting we are proud to have had 17 new members join our chapter. We are very pleased with that and are working on ways to increase attendance at meetings. Our plans for the next two months include a interview/resume building workshop for students about to graduate nursing school which will take place in June. We are also currently looking at the option of having a booth at our local market night to teach sidewalk CPR as an outreach to our local community. For future meetings we are working on the possibility of having one of the past presidents of the Mexico Emergency Nurses Organization come to a meeting to talk about emergency nursing in Mexico. We are still finalizing the details but hope it will peak interest in people who do not normally come out to meetings in order to hear about how ED nursing is done in other countries. Our overall goal is to draw people out with interesting topics and opportunities so we have an opportunity to share with them how important and beneficial it is to be a part of their professional organization.
January meeting was at Kaiser Ontario with a large attendance from members as well as some non-members who were inquiring about the ENA. The meeting was used to brainstorm and to do some strategic planning for future meetings. There were great ideas generated that will be implemented through the year. Our February meeting was at Loma Linda Murrieta hospital where we were privileged to have not only a speaker on Hereditary angioedema (HAE) but we also had not one, but 2 past National ENA presidents (Deena Brecher and JoAnn Lazarus) attend the chapter meeting. The meeting was filled with education on the disease along with an amazing discussion on how to engage our members as well as recruitment for emergency department members. It was great to have them there and the knowledge that was given to us was invaluable, we cannot thank them enough for taking time out of their busy schedules to be at our chapter meeting. Plans on fundraising and community outreach in the coming months.
We ended 2016 with a bang! We teamed up with a local hospital and passed out over 300 meals, blankets, socks, scarfs and even dog food and toys to the homeless in San Bernardino. We had about 30 volunteers washing AMR blankets and passing them out with us. It was a great opportunity to give back and serve the less fortunate in our community. Our next meeting will be at Kaiser Ontario and we look forward to meeting new people and getting them interested in ENA. We are also looking at different opportunities to get more people out to our meetings by incorporating some fun team building activities such as bowling and paint night.
The inland empire chapter had 2 months off of meetings due to summer vacations; however there was still a lot going on. The chapter sent cookies and goodies to Orlando Regional Medical Center after the attacks on a local night club where the hospital received many wounded and deceased patients. The chapter had a great meeting in May with 12 newly graduating nurses to help with their resumes and interviewing skills. The chapter was represented at a local Kaiser educational event where we were promoting membership and its perks. Our next meeting will be August 16 in Yucaipa. Our October meeting will be at Desert Regional Medical center.