Certified Success

Emergency nursing expertise, skill set, and career success are significantly and positively linked to the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification according to a large-scale study announced today by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN). The value of certification study, conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) in late 2016 and early 2017, included responses from over 8,800 certified and non-certified ER nurses and over 1,000 supervisors of ER nurses.

“This major study, which is the first of its kind for the emergency nursing profession, clearly demonstrates both the significance and the value of the CEN. We are grateful to the thousands of nurses across the country who participated in the study and allowed us to hear their voice,” said Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Interim Director Janie Schumaker, RN, CEN. “The study shows that CEN-certified nurses perform better than their non-certified peers, elevate the practice of nursing, and feel more empowered with their work.”

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BCEN Spotlight


BCEN® is proud to acknowledge the following award recipients for 2017, highlighting their exemplary efforts in promoting the value of certification in emergency nursing. We applaud you!

  • Distinguished CFRN Award – Bambi Pish-Derr, DNP, CFRN, CCRN – Mesa, AZ

  • Distinguished CEN Award – Kathy Ingersoll, BSN, RN, CEN - Richmond, VA

  • Distinguished CPEN Award – Jodi Cregger, RN, MICT, CEN, CFRN, CPEN - Great Bend, KS

  • Distinguished TCRN Award – Andrea Wright, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN – Roanoke, VA

  • Honorary Certification Recognition Award (Large Facility) – Houston Methodist Hospital System, Houston, TX

  • Honorary Certification Recognition Award (Small Facility) – Bristol Hospital, Bristol, CT


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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.

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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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