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Emergency Nurses Association Recognizes 2017 Achievement Awards Local Nurse Wins National Award

Leesburg, VA — The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) recently honored recipients of its 2017 Achievement Awards. These national awards recognize emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy.

Inova Loudoun Hospital Children’s ER Nurse Manager Gina Harrison, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, was presented with the national Nurse Manager Award. Harrison has 20 years of ER experience with 10 years in leadership roles. Under her leadership, the Children’s ER received the ENAs prestigious Lantern Award in 2016, one of only 11 nationwide to receive the designation that year. Harrison has contributed to the emergency nursing body of knowledge through two publications in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

“We are thankful Gina has received this well-deserved, national honor,” said April Brown, Senior Director, Emergency Services, Trauma Services, and Diagnostic Imaging at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

“She is a great advocate for the pediatric patients in our community, always striving to provide more, unique services right here in our county. Gina leads her team implementing best practices not only at the Children’s ER in Lansdowne but at all four of our emergency rooms in Loudoun.”

Award recipients are selected by healthcare professionals who recognize colleagues as extraordinary practitioners that continually go above and beyond the call of duty in emergency nursing. Each of the 16 awards has specific requirements and criteria, and the ENA Awards Committee reviews each blinded submission.

“It is a difficult task honoring a select few among the thousands of our hardworking members who continually provide the utmost quality emergency care,” said ENA president Karen K. Wiley, MSN, RN, CEN. “That said, we are proud to recognize the 2017 Achievement Award recipients who continue to achieve excellence in emergency nursing.”

Raised in western Loudoun County, Harrison graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and masters in nursing administration from Shenandoah University.

Media Contact: Reneé Brohard, Inova, 540-454-3493 and Marie Grimaldi, ENA 847-460-4080

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About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 42,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at

Inova Loudoun Hospital, serving Loudoun County for over 100 years, is part of Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Visit us on the web at

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