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In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans hard, causing devastating destruction throughout the city. Virtually nothing was spared from harm - including healthcare facilities.

One such facility was Charity Hospital, which was closed due to damage sustained during the hurricane. In 2015, University Medical Center, a state-of-the-art, Level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital, was officially established in its former namesake’s place. During the time the hospital location was in flux, the hospital staff handled trauma and emergency care in various locations, including in tents and shopping centers.

"It was certainly a unique time to be part of New Orleans,” Monique St. Romain, BSN, RN, CEN, said.

St. Romain (right), who earned her Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification in 1993, works at UMC in the Trauma Services Department as the Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator. She recalls that leading up to Katrina and even afterwards, the idea of incorporating an educational component through certification was a wish for many nurses, but funding was too tight to provide the option.

“When you must choose between spending budget dollars to keep basic supplies stocked or professional development for the staff, the choice is clear – the focus on patient care came first,” she said.

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BCEN Spotlight

CEN Certification is Linked to Greater Expertise and Better Technical Performance Plus Higher Pay, Job Level, Employability and Career Satisfaction.
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Pow! Bam! Hooray!

BCEN will be celebrating all nurse superheroes at the Emergency Nursing 17 Conference, St. Louis, September 13-16.

The Certification Recognition Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 16 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Join us for the breakfast so we can applaud and celebrate your “superpower” status.

During the breakfast, BCEN will award the 2017 Distinguished Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) Award, Distinguished Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) Award, and the Honorary Certification Recognition Award.

AND… for the very first time we will present the Distinguished Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) Award.

These awards will be bestowed upon individuals that demonstrate extraordinary efforts in championing BCEN certifications. Click on the title of this article to read more.

Call for Nominations for BCEN® certified nurses with superpower status...

If you or someone you know currently holds a 
CEN® (Certified Emergency Nurse), CPEN® (Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse) or TCRN® (Trauma Certified Registered Nurse) certification, or if your organization has relentlessly and enthusiastically promoted BCEN specialty certifications - we are accepting nominations for the following awards:
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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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