Receiving the BCEN® 2013 Distinguished CEN Award was a testament to Katy Howe’s “adventure in empowering other nurses.” It helps her show that “we [emergency nurses] have our specialty too,” said Howe, BSN, RN, CEN, of Greenwood, Indiana. “It lets the light shine on us.”
It began with earning her CEN four years ago. Howe had spent seven years in the emergency room and realized she was ready for a new challenge. She had just earned her BSN and felt competent treating both low- and high-acuity patients. Ron Kraus, the Clinical Coordinator at the time and currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Emergency Medicine & Trauma Center at Methodist, urged her to become certified.
“I didn’t realize the true benefits and impact certification can have on other nurses or the influence on your unit. It has been greater than I could’ve imagined,” said Howe. Earning her CEN led her to work with Kraus and fostered some healthy competition. They began a campaign for certification, which ultimately led to Kraus nominating her for the Distinguished CEN® Award. Read the full story.