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Certified Success

12/21/2015

Albert and ParkinsKathleen Albert, MSN, RN, CEN, CNS 
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts
 
Karen Parkins, RN, BSN, CEN
Staff Nurse, Emergency Department
Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts
 
Both Kathleen Albert, MSN, RN, CEN, CNS, and Karen Parkins, RN, BSN, CEN, have been in the nursing profession for approximately 30 years. Albert has been in education in the Lowell ED for 15 years and has held a CEN for seven years. Her mentoring helped Parkins, who has been at Lowell for 21 years, earn her CEN this past October.
 
At least 10 years ago Parkins had taken a certification prep class with Albert, but never sat for the exam. Seeing each other every day in the ED, Albert would constantly encourage Parkins, “You CAN do this. You know your stuff!” Even after another prep class, it took her four months to sit for the exam.
 
“I had test phobia and concerns about testing on a computer,” Parkins admitted. What if, as a senior nurse, she failed the exam? What if she couldn’t review her answers on the computer? Parkins’ concerns are not uncommon.
 
As a mid-career, senior-level nurse, you process everything so quickly, you don’t realize you’re going through each of the steps that leads to your assessment of the patient and what to do, explained Albert. “As you practice more, it’s easy to forget how you get there,” she commented. It can lead to the fear that you can’t break it down when taking the exam. Read the full story.
 
 
 
 

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BCEN Spotlight

2/2/2016
The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) and the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) would like to recognize one outstanding CFRN or CTRN that has earned and demonstrated support for the CFRN/CTRN credential.
Submission Deadline is February 29, 2016
12/16/2015
The results from the TCRN beta exam have been processed and are available in your BCEN Account. Those who sat for the TCRN beta exam have received an automated email from BCEN - emails were sent to the email address on record in your BCEN Account. The TCRN certificate and cover letter with the TCRN wallet card will be sent via regular mail within the last week of December to everyone who achieved the credential. Please allow 10 business days for delivery of your certificate. Click on the title for the full news item.
11/6/2015

BCEN celebrated its 35th Anniversary at the Emergency Nursing 2015 Conference on October 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. In conjunction with the festivities, four awards were presented at this year’s Certification Recognition Breakfast, honoring exceptional efforts in promoting specialty certification in emergency nursing. Click on the title for the full news article. 


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Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

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

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association