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Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses

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The Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses (BCEN) is a US-based accredited organization that creates and awards certifications for specialty nursing specific to emergency and trauma nurses.[1] BCEN offers certification, recertification, and continuing education for nurses.[1] Founded in 1980 as a part of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA),[2][3] BCEN became an independent non-profit organization in 1986.[1] As of 2022, BCEN provides five certifications,[1] four of which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC),[4] with a sixth program set to launch in 2023.[5][6]


BCEN was founded by the ENA as a certification organization in 1980. The same year, BCEN administered the first Certified Emergency Nursing exam to 1,400 nurses across the US, with 1,274 passing the exam.[1][3] In 1986, BCEN split from the ENA and became an independent nonprofit organization.[7]


BCEN has five certification programs as of 2022, with a sixth program in development.[1][4]

  • Certified Emergency Nurse - launched 1980, accredited by ABSNC in 2002.[1] The CEN was the first certification dedicated to emergency nursing, developed by the Emergency Nurses Association.[1][3]
  • Certified Flight Registered Nurse - launched 1993, accredited by ABSNC in 2007.[1]
  • Certified Transport Registered Nurse - launched 2006.[1]
  • Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse - launched 2009, accredited by ABSNC in 2015.[1] The program was developed in conjunction with Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.[1]
  • Trauma Certified Registered Nurse - launched 2016, accredited by ABSNC in 2019.[1] The program was developed in conjunction with Society of Trauma Nurses.[1]
  • Certified Burn Registered Nurse - set to launch in 2023.[1][6] The program is being developed in conjunction with the American Burn Association.[6]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 BCEN. "About Us". BCEN. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  2. Nursing, Board of Certification for Emergency. "BCEN Celebrates 40 Years of Board Certified Emergency Nursing Excellence, Achievement and Impact". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Rise 360". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Accredited Programs | Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  5. Driggers, Briauna. "New Burn Specialty Nursing Certification Coming Soon". BCEN. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Burn Nursing Certification Under Development". American Burn Association. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  7. "BOARD OF CERTIFICATION FOR EMERGENCY NURSING | Open990". Retrieved 2022-07-19.

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