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About BCEN®

BCEN is a not-for-profit corporation, which strives to continually evaluate and upgrade the certification exams for emergency, flight/transport and trauma nurses. There are currently more than 46,000 BCEN speciality certifications held by nurses. 

The Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) and the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) certifications are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). BCEN also offers the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®), the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) certification and the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications.

BCEN Philosophy

BCEN believes emergency, transport (both flight and ground) and trauma nursing care—including pediatric emergency nursing—are vital components of the health care delivery system. Achieving and maintaining certification is one mechanism of validating the knowledge required for the competent practice of emergency and flight nursing.
BCEN endorses the definition of certification as adopted by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) which reads:

"Certification is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.”

Certification promotes professionalism and assures various publics that the professional nurse has attained the knowledge necessary to provide competent emergency and transport nursing care.
BCEN believes emergency, transport and trauma nursing practice are dynamic, fluid and continually evolving. Therefore the attainment of competence is a continual activity.

BCEN Mission

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing develops robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum, who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes.

BCEN Vision

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing is THE benchmark for nursing certifications across the emergency spectrum.

BCEN Values

  • Authenticity in all we do
  • Passion and enthusiasm for our mission
  • Education and research related to patient care and certifications
  • Open-minded collaboration, internally, and with partner organizations
  • Leadership and mentoring
  • Caring and related philanthropic initiatives
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Purposeful risk taking
  • Diversity of backgrounds and expertise
  • Balanced lives
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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