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Certified Success

3/13/2015

Yonna Heath, BSN, RN, CEN
Project Nurse, Walsh Construction, Ohio River Bridges Project in KY

 

Yonna Heath, BSN, RN, CEN never envisioned hard hats, steel-toed boots and massive construction machinery would be part of her everyday work as an emergency nurse.  Yet she tends to injuries for more than 750 employees on the Ohio River Bridges Project, one of the largest heavy civil construction projects going on in the US today. Whether it’s a major trauma or crushed fingers, “it’s a trauma situation when it happens,” she noted.

Heath has spent 33 years in a variety of positions in the acute care setting, working in hospital administration before earning her RN in 1991. In 2000, she began putting her emergency nursing knowledge to work outside the ED as the night nurse in a coal burning power plant.

It was the safety manager she worked with at the plant that suggested her for her current full-time job with Walsh Construction.  She’s the first nurse Walsh Construction has hired in this capacity, and it was her presentation to the executive safety managers that helped persuade them.  “There are many benefits to having a nurse on site,” said Heath. “This includes financial benefits. I can manage routine things like tetanus shots and new hire drug testing, and can often save lost work time an employee would normally take to go to the emergency department.” Read the full story.


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BCEN Spotlight

3/20/2015

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) values education and career-long learning, as both are essential to achieving and maintaining a BCEN specialty certification. We also recognize the need for, and the importance of, research within the field of emergency nursing. Therefore, BCEN is pleased to announce that we are awarding funds to support research that will make a difference to nursing across the emergency nursing spectrum. There will be one $8,500 research scholarship awarded to a student in an accredited US doctoral nursing program; and one $8,500 research grant awarded to a faculty member of an accredited US nursing program.  Click on the article's title for details and to access the application form. 

Submission Deadline is June 30, 2015

12/17/2014
The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) has officially granted the following scholarships to nurses who are ASTNA members and are furthering their studies in nursing by obtaining either a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Doctoral degree.  Also BCEN granted a scholarship for an EMT who is an ASTNA member pursuing a BSN degree.  Click on the title for the winners.

10/16/2014
The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) applauds the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) for its decision to develop and introduce the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN™) examination, which will incorporate the body of knowledge in trauma nursing across the continuum of care, from injury prevention through reintegration to home.  Click on the title for more details.

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Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) and Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association