ABSNC Grants Initial Accreditation to the Joint Program Sponsored by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

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The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC) announced it has granted initial accreditation to the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) for their jointly approved Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse CPEN® credential. This is the first joint certification program reviewed and approved by ABSNC.

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The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) are proud to share this news and press release from the ABSNC.

ABSNC Grants Initial Accreditation to the Joint Program Sponsored by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

AURORA, OH, June 9, 2015 —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC) announced it has granted initial accreditation to the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) for their jointly approved Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse CPEN® credential. This is the first joint certification program reviewed and approved by ABSNC.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry. “Accreditation is a highly sought after distinction for organizations that certify nurses in a specialty,” said Bonnie Niebuhr, MS, RN, CAE, Chief Executive Officer. “Applicant organizations go through a rigorous process to maintain a quality program and show they meet the ABSNC standards to earn this unique and important recognition.”

According to Peg Harrison, MS, CPNP-PC, CAE and PNCB Chief Executive Officer, “This is wonderful news for nurses holding the CPEN® credential, nurses considering the exam, employers, and the public, who all now have additional evidence that the CPEN® certification program has been rigorously validated in support of expert care for children in the Emergency Department.” “BCEN strives for excellence in all that we do. We consider our certifications a mark of distinction, placing the nurses who hold them a cut above all others. We are very pleased to have partnered with PNCB to achieve the ABSNC accreditation for the CPEN® exam,” states BCEN Board of Directors Chairperson, Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CPHQ, FABC.

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. Currently ABSNC accredits 63 certification programs from 21 specialty nursing certification organizations. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit http://www.nursingcertification.org and click on Accreditation or contact Bonnie Niebuhr, ABNS CEO at abns(at)nursingcertification(dot)org or call (303) 995-9172.

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