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Certified Success


Yale-New Haven Hospital
Shoreline Medical Center / Saint Raphael Campus / York St.

SMC Campus of YNHHLess than a year ago the staff and management of Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) started a discussion about requiring nursing specialty certifications.  Now their goal is 100% specialty certification within two years for the nursing staff at all three YNHH emergency departments.  “Certification is about raising the bar – raising the expectations of standards, the level of performance and increasing the comfort level of competency and knowledge,” said Mark Sevilla, MS, RN, CENP, Nursing Director of Emergency Services.

The Chief Nursing Officer was immediately supportive of the idea. Sevilla noted, “We are very lucky.  The CNO knows that if you really want to improve, you have to support education. She committed funds towards certification, and YNHH overall has been committed to keeping funds available.”

“It’s really important for the staff to know that management is supportive, that they want people to be successful,” said Diane Rescigno, RN, BSN, CEN, Assistant Patient Services Manager SRC. In early March, YNHH hosted a certification review class that was free to attend, and Rescigno noticed that the staff came back energized.  She has always believed that certification contributes to positive outcomes. Read the full story.

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BCEN Spotlight

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.

July 2015 Kicks-Off BCEN’s 35th Anniversary!

BCEN delivered the first Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) exams in July 1980 when 902 nurses across the United States successfully achieved their CEN credential. In honor of all BCEN certified nurses over the last 35 years, and those that are new to this elite group, we welcome you to our year of celebration!

To those of you who are attending the Emergency Nursing 2015 conference for the first time (or the first time while holding a BCEN® credential) – and to those who are seasoned conference attendees – we want to brief you on BCEN’s presence and participation in Orlando, September 30 - October 2, 2015, so you can get the most out of your BCEN experience.

Click on the title of this article to read more about BCEN’s presence at the Emergency Nursing 2015 conference.

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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