In 1970 a group of emergency nurses from various parts of Ontario attended a nursing conference in Niagara Falls, New York, sponsored by the newly formed New York State Emergency Nurses Association. Lasting contacts were made across the border with the host nurses, leading to many subsequent communications regarding establishing a professional organization in Ontario. New York ENA President Anita Dorr and her advisory board generously shared valuable insights, experiences, guidelines and documents with their new Ontario emergency friends. ENAO will always be grateful for the sharing and caring of our New York state colleagues.
The first meeting of interested emergency nurses group took place in Toronto. The proposed constitution was created indicating that the organization shall be known as the Emergency Nurses Department Nurses Association of Ontario (EDNAO). A membership fee was set at $1.00 to be paid annually to the Treasurer. This was subsequently raised to $8.00 in 1977.
Our first provincial nursing conference was held in Toronto, June of 1972.
ENAO has come a long way and is looking forward to an exciting future with all the challenges Emergency Nursing has to offer.