Awards Bestowed for Emergency Nursing Achievements

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The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) presented three awards highlighting extraordinary efforts in promoting the value of the certification process in emergency nursing.

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) presented three awards highlighting extraordinary efforts in promoting the value of the certification process in emergency nursing. The awards were bestowed October 11 during the Certification Recognition Breakfast sponsored by BCEN at the Emergency Nurses Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

Coastal Carolina SCENA Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association received the Honorary BCEN Certification Recognition Award for their outstanding contributions toward promoting the process of emergency nursing certification. The organization’s efforts include daily preparation trivia questions, a resource library, and partial reimbursement for review courses. They were also awarded a grant from Google offering Google’s Business Applications at no cost to nurses preparing for the BCEN Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) exam.

Delta Williams, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CEN, of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, accepted the Distinguished CEN Award for her exceptional efforts to promote the value of certification in emergency nursing. An RN for more than 30 years and a CEN for more than 17 years, Williams holds certification review courses for her coworkers and personally funds resource materials and online review courses. The majority of the emergency nursing staff holds CEN certification.

Tracy Croteau, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, of Elliott Hospital in Hooksett, NH, received the Distinguished CPEN® Award for her exemplary efforts to promote certification in pediatric emergency nursing. She was the second person in New Hampshire to earn the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) credential and has been a role model to the nurses in both the pediatric and emergency departments, encouraging six more nurses to become CPEN certified. This award is presented by BCEN and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

BCEN-certified nurses submit nominations for the awards and winners are selected by the BCEN Executive Committee (Honorary and CEN Awards) and representatives from the BCEN and PNCB Boards (CPEN Award).

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The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (http://www.BCENcertifications.org) develops robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum, who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. More than 36,000 BCEN certifications are currently held by registered nurses for emergency nursing, flight nursing, critical care ground transport nursing and pediatric emergency nursing.

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