Cummins Named to ENA National Education Committee
Jennifer Cummins, RN, MSN, assistant nurse manager of Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, has been named to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Nursing Education Approver Unit Committee. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of more than 35,000 members and their patients through research, publication, professional development, injury prevention and patient education.
As a member of the education committee, Cummins will use her expertise to review and approve continuing education programs to assure adherence to ANCC COA (American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation) criteria. One of only eight in the country to be appointed to this committee, Cummins has been an active member of the ENA since 1997. Her two-year appointment began Jan. 1, 2009.
“I can’t think of another educator more fitting for the National Education Committee for ENA,” says Kathy Schwalm, RN, BSN, Emergency Department nurse manager at DCMH. “Jennifer has assisted with and developed a great fellowship program at DCMH and is an invaluable member of the education department.”
Jerri LaRocco, RN, MSN, CNAA-BC, assistant vice president for Patient Services at DCMH, agrees. “Jennifer has been working hard to have the qualifications for this appointment. She has done a wonderful job in orienting new and experienced registered nurses for the Emergency Department, and has helped the staff acquire the skills necessary for their positions. Her experience, hard work and dedication will make her an excellent addition to the committee,” LaRocco says.
“I look forward to contributing to the committee and becoming more active on a national level,” says Cummins. “I am honored to have been chosen for this position.”
Cummins emphasizes the importance of membership in professional nursing organizations. “Organizations such as ENA promote a positive image for nurses at all levels,” she says. “As active members, nurses have a voice to promote what they feel passionate about, and heighten awareness and respect for the work we do. ENA advocates for emergency nurses by showcasing how we impact patient safety, patient care and the community at large. It also provides opportunities to continue education through conferences and journals, which is of the utmost importance to me.”
A nurse educator for eight years, Cummins joined DCMH in 1992 where she was a staff nurse in various units until joining the DCMH Emergency Department in 1996. After receiving her master’s degree from Villanova University in 2000, she joined Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s education department, overseeing education for various units, including Taylor Hospital’s telemetry/ICU/3A unit, the EDs at Crozer and Springfield Hospital, and the Burn Treatment Center at Crozer. In 2003, she became clinical nurse educator for the DCMH Emergency Department, and was appointed assistant nurse manager of the ED this year.
“Jen demonstrates the highest professionalism in her role as the clinical nurse educator for the Emergency Department, says Patricia LaPorta, RN, MSN, CCRN, BC, nurse educator for DCMH. “Whether she is presenting research-based information to a committee, lecture hall or bedside staff, she has the ability to convert complex information into practical patient management, which improves patient care and outcomes.”
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a registered nursing degree, Cummins also takes pride in fostering the next generation of nurses as an adjunct faculty member in nursing at Villanova University, and for Immaculata University’s ACCEL RN to BSN program.