BCEN® recommends that applicants have 2 years of full-time experience in pediatric emergency nursing care.
Pediatric emergency nursing care as defined by BCEN includes providing direct care, health care facilitation, education, and advocacy for pediatric emergency patients and their families.
However, recognizing that nurses prepare for their role in pediatric emergency nursing in various ways, the *minimum eligibility requirements to apply for the CPEN exam include:
Holding a current unrestricted license to practice as an RN in the United States or Canada (a nursing certificate equivalent to an RN license 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
*CPEN candidates are required to sign an attestation statement to confirm eligibility. BCEN reserves the right to conduct an audit of the applicant’s attestation and may require that the applicant provide confirmation, for example through agreement of a supervisor (or supervisors), of completion of the practice requirement in pediatric emergency nursing.
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).