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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.
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
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.
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).