Certified Emergency Nurses

A group for Certified Emergency Nurses (CEN)!

Certification, in... general, is a mechanism in which the public and employers are able to identify practitioners who have met certain standards in their particular nursing specialty. Because of this, there are certifications in obstetrics, oncology, surgical nursing, critical care, flight nursing, etc. The CEN® certification is the certification specific to emergency nursing and measures the attainment of a defined body of nursing knowledge pertinent to that particular specialty. A role delineation study is conducted approximately every five years to assure the examination reflects current emergency nursing practice. Although there are CENs throughout the world, the CEN exam is based on emergency nursing practice in the United States.

The Value of Certification
For the emergency nurse, certification provides:

* Personal satisfaction through increased confidence and personal growth
* Validation of emergency nursing expertise
* Career advancement opportunities
* Monetary differentials
* Job opportunities

For the institution, employing certified nurses:

* Assures the general public that the nurse is competent and current. This is becoming a relevant issue since the Pew Commission, representing the general public, is asking for nurses to validate their competency.
* Can be used as a marketing tool,i.e., "Our emergency department is staffed by certified emergency physicians and nurses".
* Can result in employing nurses that are high achievers, have a high patient satisfaction rating and are more effective communicators with other health care providers
* Can result in a decrease in hospital insurance premium costs

****Please note this page is NOT affiliated with the Emergency Nurses Association, nor the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. This IS the Official Page for Nurses that are CEN's or have a marked interest in Emergency Nursing. Our purpose is to promote the CEN Certification and to provide a forum for discussion of Emergency Nursing topics.

ENA and BCEN are now on Facebook. Visit www.ena.org for more information.

The administrator of this page is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association, and STRONGLY advocates membership in the ENA. Email for more information.

CEN®, CFRN®, and CTRN® are registered trademarks of the
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) and Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) credential has been accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). See More