The Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recently held an educational conference titled “Caring for Patients in Crisis.” Among the representatives from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Emergency Department in attendance were Joanne Hallahan, BSN, RN, and Brittany Ballaron, BSN, RN, CEN, who were both honored during the awards luncheon.
Hallahan received the Behind the Scenes Award which recognizes an individual who consistently supports the Massachusetts ENA without the expectation of reward or recognition for their time, energy and effort. Hallahan was nominated for the award by her peers and ED Nurse Director Robin Powell, BSN, RN, CEN, for her commitment to emergency nursing and dedication to her profession.
Hallahan says is was humbling to receive the honor. “I love doing things for others and getting my co-workers and friends involved in the ENA. The ENA is a great resource for emergency nurses and I am proud to do work for them. I didn’t expect an award at the conference, but I am very pleased and thankful to have been recognized,” she says.
Ballaron received the Rising Star Award which is for a non-member with less than five years of emergency nursing practice who exemplifies the ENA’s motto of Safe Practice, Safe Care. Ballaron was also nominated for the award by her peers and Powell for her commitment to emergency nursing. Along with the award, she was given a one-year ENA membership.
“As a new nurse, it feels great to be recognized for my work,” says Ballaron of the honor. “I’m lucky to work with amazing coworkers who have taught me so much!”
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