Colorado ENA Committee Chairs

TNCC/ENPC Chair: Eric Christensen

 Eric Christensen is a registered nurse living in Littleton, Colorado. He is currently employed in the emergency department at Denver Health Medical Center. He also owns and operates his own traveling education business which serves medical professionals and facilities throughout the rocky mountain region.

Mr. Christensen has been involved in emergency care for over 28 years. He began his career as an Emergency Medical Technician and earned his baccalaureate degree in nursing. He has achieved dual board certifications in emergency nursing and pediatric emergency nursing. Eric finds joy in caring for patients and families during their times of need, and he is passionate about educating all levels of emergency providers.

During his career, Mr. Christensen has been very active with both the Colorado and National Emergency Nurses Associations. He has served as president for the state of Colorado for 3 years and he is currently the chair of the state Trauma and Pediatrics Committee. Nationally, Mr. Christensen is the presiding chair of the ENA resolutions committee.

Eric is active as both a course director and faculty for the nationally recognized Trauma Nursing Core Course and the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course. He is also a course director and training center faculty for the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Courses.

Mr. Christensen has presented lectures at the Colorado and Iowa State Nursing Conferences. Eric has lectured nationally for both the Emergency Nurses Association and for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has a genuine passion for educating emergency care providers across the spectrum.

Eric has been recognized multiple times throughout his career including the Outstanding First Aid Award from the American Legion Post #471, the Denver Health Medical Center Emergency Department Preceptor of the year, and he was a nominee for the Florence Nightingale Award.

Eric is a firm believer in his own guiding principle that it is not just important to know what to do, it is important to understand why you are doing it.
 

Education Chair: Chris Hendricks

 Chris Hendricks has been in critical care emergency medicine since 1994 as an EMT, nurse, and paramedic. He has long been a preceptor and educator. He currently is the Clinical Practice Coordinator at Boulder Community Health Emergency Department, and a Flight Commander and Nursing Flight Instructor in the Wyoming Air National Guard. He holds an MSN, and certifications in Emergency Nursing (CEN) and Forensic Nursing (CFN). He also is the author of a book of Crossword Puzzles for Nursing, entitled Crossword Nurse.

Boulder Community was a pilot hospital for the Colorado Hospital Association 2017 Opioid Reduction project (ALTO) and Chris is eager to share his experience with interested educators. He also is a member of the Boulder County MDT team to combat Human Trafficking and is a champion for Human Trafficking education and advocacy. 

IQSIP Chair: Heather Watson

Fundraising Chair: Chelsea Collins

Chelsea has been a nurse for 3 years, beginning as a new graduate in the ER. She has worked in the Denver Metro area, where she also works as a Forensic Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Chelsea obtained her BA in Anthropology from Idaho State University in 2008, her ASN from College of Western Idaho in 2014, and her BSN from Boise State University in 2015. She is currently a student at Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, working towards her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontological Critical Care Degree. She is also working to obtain her Nurse Educator Certificate during her degree. 
Chelsea is currently on the Colorado Government Affairs committee, as well as serving on the National ENA Resolutions Committee. She is passionate about health policy, government affairs, and education. Chelsea has served in leadership roles beginning in nursing school where she was the President of Idaho Student Nurses Association for two years, serving on the Council of State Presidents for National Student Nurses Association. She has planned conferences and done fundraising in these roles.  

Scholarship Chair: Debra Steveson

Debra is a current ENA member and has been active in the Colorado chapter for more than 9 years, most recently as a delegate to Nationals and as co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee.  Debra is the Clinical Nurse Educator for Good Samaritan Medical Center's ED. 

Conference Planning: Andrea Moore