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Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)

Meet the ENP Administration & Support Staff

Meet the ENP Program Director Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP and
ENP Clinical Coordinator, Lisa Ponsford, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Donna EmanueleIt is our pleasure to welcome you to Western University’s, College of Graduate Nursing (CGN). We are excited to be offering our first Post Graduate Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certificate in California at our college for nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) that desire a dual role in the subspecialty practice of Urgent and Emergency Care. Our distance-web based hybrid model provides the working FNP the ability to enhance and advance their knowledge, skills and training; integrating the ENP competencies and Scope and Standards for Emergency Nurse Practitioner practice as a foundation for role preparation in this dynamic practice setting.

Our graduate nursing education provides the academic preparation and skills necessary for ENP role development as advanced practice registered nurses. Your integration into the subspecialty practice of urgent and emergency care is supported by community based preceptors and faculty instructors that will assist in your role transition as successful ENPs. For questions about the ENP program, you can email me at


Lisa PonsfordOur Post Graduate ENP certificate curriculum integrates a step-wise approach to learning by adapting and blending content across high acuity urgent and emergency care settings throughout the life span to real life experiences interacting with students as they solve problems through case study and review of system methodology.

On behalf of the ENP faculty at Western University’s, College of Graduate Nursing, we congratulate you on your acceptance to our Post Graduate ENP certificate. We look forward to working with you. For questions about the ENP program, you can email me at


ENP Program Specific Orientation on August 4

As a new ENP student, you will obtain pertinent information about the ENP program on Thursday, August 4th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. You will receive information about the program curriculum, clinical hours, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program director, faculty, and support staff.

ENP Program Agenda


  • Is there an orientation program before I begin?
    All students enrolled in the College of Graduate Nursing will be required to attend the University campus orientation in August prior to beginning classes their first year—this is called “Welcome Week.” During orientation, students will participate in both college and university sessions. Students will be provided with schedules and dates for the university orientation program.
  • Is this an online program?
    The ENP program is web-based with two campus-based procedural intensives.

If you still have additional questions, please email Eva Badouin at