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BCEN® and the CEN® Certification | The CFRN® Certification | The CTRN® Certification | The CPEN® Certification | The TCRN® Certification


BCEN and the CEN Certification

August 1979: A group of six nurses, convened by the Emergency Nurses Association as the Certification Committee, met in New York to formulate a certification examination that would measure the attainment and application of a defined body of emergency nursing knowledge.

July 1980: In just 11 months, the newly formed Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing had developed: eligibility requirements; test construction, questions, procedures and passing requirements; a candidate handbook; and established testing sites.

July 1980: 902 Emergency nurses across the United States passed the first emergency nursing certification examination.

February 2002: CEN certification was approved for accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).  ABSNC has 18 standards that must be met in order to be certified. The standards address board structure, testing security, test development, autonomy, appeals procedures and proof of a specialty.

February 2007: CEN was reaccredited by ABSNC.

January 2012: BCEN had its official ribbon cutting at its new office in Naperville, IL. Watch a clip of it here!

February 2012: CEN was reaccredited by ABSNC.

February 2017: CEN was reaccredited by ABSNC.


 

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The CFRN Certification


1991: The National Flight Nurses Association (NFNA), now the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), began discussions with BCEN regarding the potential of  developing a certification examination for flight nurses. Following extensive study of the comparability of flight nursing and emergency nursing practice, BCEN agreed to develop the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) certification.

September 2007: The CFRN certification was approved for accreditation by ABSNC.

April 2013: CFRN was reaccredited by ABSNC.

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The CTRN Certification


2004: BCEN & ASTNA jointly funded the Role Delineation Study (RDS), involving an extensive study of flight and ground transport nursing.

December 2005: By the end of 2005, BCEN had completed the RDS and created the exam content outline, questions, procedures, passing requirements and a handbook.

March 2006: The CTRN exam was launched.

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The CPEN Certification


2005: BCEN and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) agree to jointly conduct a market feasibility study or needs assessment relative to the development of pediatric emergency nursing certification.

December 2008: By the end of 2008, BCEN and PNCB had completed the needs assessment survey, an RDS and determined content outline, questions, procedures, passing requirements and a handbook.

January 2009: The CPEN exam was launched.

May 2015: The CPEN certification was approved for accreditation by ABSNC.

June 2016:  BCEN acquired sole ownership of the CPEN exam and program.

December 2016:  The CPEN certification exam was granted continued accreditation by ABSNC, with BCEN as the sole owner. 


The TCRN Certification                                                                  


2012:  Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) partnered with BCEN to investigate the feasibility of a trauma nursing certification exam.

October 2014:  BCEN announced the development of a trauma nursing certification exam which incorporates the body of knowledge in trauma nursing across the continuum of care, from injury prevention through reintegration to home.

October 2015: By October, BCEN completed a role delineation study (RDS), determined a content outline, developed exam questions, determined eligibility and passing requirements and began beta testing.

February 2016:  The TCRN exam was launched.

April 2017:  The TCRN certification is included on the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® list of nationally accepted certification programs.

Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association