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Get Certified – CPEN®

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If you are a pediatric emergency nurse who provides urgent and emergent nursing care to pediatric patients and their families, you'll want to learn more about becoming a CPEN®. Currently, more than 4,200 nurses hold the CPEN certification. Earning your CPEN credential demonstrates that you have extensive experience and the knowledge and abilities related to pediatric emergency nursing care beyond basic RN licensure.

Required

  • Holding a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States or its Territories. A nursing certificate that is equivalent to a Registered Nurse in the United States is also acceptable, and
  • Having practiced at least 1,000 hours in pediatric emergency nursing practice as an RN in the past 24 months

* The 1,000 hours in pediatric emergency practice requirement may be obtained through RN practice in any US or Canadian urgent care or emergency setting and may include providing direct care, health care facilitation, education, and advocacy for patients and families. Examples of ways in which the 1,000-hour requirement may be met include the following:

  • Full-time employment as an emergency nurse in a pediatric emergency setting for 6 months

  • Full-time employment as an emergency nurse in a mixed-age emergency setting for 2 years with a population of approximately 20% pediatric patients

  • Part-time employment as an emergency nurse in a pediatric emergency setting, for example, for 20 hours per week for 1 year, or

  • Any other combination of practice involving direct care, health care facilitation, education, and advocacy for pediatric patients and their families for a total of 1,000 hours in the past 24 months
     

Recommended

BCEN® recommends 2 years’ in pediatric emergency nursing care; however, it is not required.

Throughout BCEN's website you will find resources to help you study and understand the exam material. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, the CPEN credential is valid for a period of 4 years. 

 
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).

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