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Certified Success

Tracey CroteauTracey Croteau, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
Elliot Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire

It was as she was tending to a minor scrape on her son Jacob, age 7, that she realized the full effect. “Mom, I’m so lucky because my mom is a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse.” Tracey Croteau, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, had recently received the 2014 Distinguished CPEN Award. The recognition – and opportunities to educate – rippled out in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.

Croteau has worked in the emergency department at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH, for 15 years. She had already been focusing on pediatric emergency nursing when the hospital decided to open a Pediatric Emergency Department in 2009. She was instrumental in the process and has been encouraging specialty certification ever since, which earned her the CPEN Award last year.

She was the second nurse to earn a CPEN in the state of New Hampshire. “I was very excited when I saw the news of the new CPEN certification. I prepared the whole summer before and sat for the exam as soon as it was available.” She continues to encourage her peers to obtain certification; her old review book is still circulating among the nurses. Read the full story.

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BCEN Spotlight


Use Your Expertise to Create New Questions for the CPEN Exam

BCEN® and PNCB invite you to apply for our Item Writing Workshop where you’ll use your expertise to write new test questions for the CPEN exam. Exam item writers are vital to creating strong exams that reflect current pediatric emergency nursing practice.

No writing expertise needed. Your expert knowledge and clinical expertise in pediatric emergency nursing care are the only requirements for applying. You have the clinical expertise—BCEN and PNCB will mentor you through the item writing process.

Why volunteer? Item writers receive recognition for their work, consideration for membership in the CPEN Exam Construction Review Committee (ECRC) and no-cost renewal of their CPEN credential during the item writer term. Click on the title for more details and the application process.

All application materials must be received by October 23, 2015

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) is offering various scholarships totaling $10,000 to nurses who are ASTNA members and who wish to further their studies in nursing by obtaining a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree (DNP or PhD). EMTs or paramedics who are ASTNA members pursuing a BSN degree are also eligible.  Nurse applicants must currently hold either a CFRN® or CTRN® designation.  Click on the title for more details and the application form.

Application Deadline:  October 31, 2015


BCEN® would like to thank everyone who applied for the TCRN™ beta exam.  All 250 spots have been filled and we are very appreciative of your participation in this process.  We wish you well as you sit for the beta exam in October!

For everyone who did not make the cut-off for the beta exam, the demand was tremendous and the application process closed within the first 10 minutes.  We understand your disappointment, and we apologize you were not able to register for the beta exam.  However, we sincerely thank you for your enthusiasm and encourage you to sit for the final exam when it launches in early 2016. 

Please continue to review our website and BCEN's Facebook page for more information on the TCRN program in the months ahead.

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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®) credentials have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association