Tracey 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.