BCEN® realizes how hard you worked for your certification and the importance of maintaining it. Current CENs®in good standing, who are retired from nursing practice but wish to maintain their certification, may apply for the retired designation of “CEN (Ret)”.
Individuals granted retired status may use the appropriate credential CEN (Ret) after their name to indicate their status at the time of their retirement from nursing practice and/or teaching.
We encourage you to consider carefully before changing to a retired designation. Retired designees must remain fully retired, no longer employed in nursing practice or teaching. A return to nursing practice or teaching forfeits the retired designation.
To be eligible for the retired designation applicants must:
Hold a current CEN certification and have held the CEN certification for at least 4 consecutive years or one certification term prior to applying
Hold a current unrestricted RN license, and
Be retired or planning on retiring from nursing practice including teaching
Submit the Retired Designation Application online via your BCEN Account at least 60 days prior to retirement and expiration of your current certification. The fee is $75 for a 4 year term.
Retired designation is considered effective the day of application processing. A certificate of retired designation will be mailed to you, which includes a new certification expiration date. Recertification is required every 4 years.
Retired designees must remain fully retired, no longer employed in nursing practice or teaching. If a retired designee returns to nursing practice, including teaching, the retired designation will be forfeited. Retired designees must notify BCEN of any change in employment circumstances that would render the individual ineligible or retired designation (e.g., a return to nursing practice or teaching.)
Retired status designees may not use the designation without the (Ret) suffix, and may not portray themselves as a current CEN.
Recertification is required every 4 years based on the new retired designation expiration date, not on the standard CEN expiration date.
Retired designation was effective as of 12/15/2010; unfortunately there will be no grandfathering of the retired designation Status.
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).