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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


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


We listened to your feedback and have made some significant changes.

The recertification by CE process has just been made easier for you!
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CEN Certification is Linked to Greater Expertise and Better Technical Performance Plus Higher Pay, Job Level, Employability and Career Satisfaction.
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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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