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BCEN Names 2022 National Certification Champion Award Winners


Three Organizations Honored for Commitment to Emergency, Trauma and Transport Nursing Excellence

 OAK BROOK, IL (September 13, 2022) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for specialty certification across the emergency spectrum, today announced the 2022 winners of its annual BCEN National Certification Champion Award. One winner in each category was selected based on their commitment to emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma, flight and/or critical care ground transport nursing excellence and professionalism through nursing specialty certification.

“More powerfully than ever before, this year’s record number of nominees show how supporting emergency, trauma and transport RN specialty certification benefits patients, nurses, healthcare teams and communities with advanced care, improved clinical outcomes and greater success and satisfaction across the board,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC.

“The 2022 BCEN National Certification Champions truly set the bar for nursing excellence for emergency departments, trauma centers, transport programs and health systems everywhere, and we applaud their leadership.”

The 2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award winners are:

  • Small Healthcare Organization: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial Emergency Department in Frisco, Texas
  • Large Healthcare Organization: Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Emergency Center in Houston, Texas
  • Healthcare System: Centura Health in Centennial, Colorado

Meet the winners in BCEN’s Meet the Winner series and winner video.

New this year, honorees will receive a certification support package that includes complimentary passes to the BCEN Learn Live conference and free practice exams, and BCEN will host a trophy presentation celebration at each winner’s location.

“Congratulations to the team for their commitment to nursing and to our patients,” said Susan Moats, chief nursing officer, Baylor Scott & White East Region. “This award from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing is a testament to the dedicated, quality, safe care our clinical teams provide to our community.”

“We have an amazing team at Harris Health LBJ Hospital Emergency Center,” said Derek L. Curtis Sr., DNP, MA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, Harris Health System. “Our emergency center leaders make it a priority to elevate and encourage nurses to practice at the highest levels of professional practice, which helps us efficiently treat the complex needs of our patients. I’m extremely proud of the number of certified nurses within our emergency center.”

“At Centura Health we are passionate about creating an environment that fully supports our incredible nurses,” said Brenda Simpson, DNP, RN, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Centura Health. “By offering professional growth opportunities and providing the tools and support needed to deliver outstanding patient care, we strive to enable our nurses to live their personal missions at work and in the communities we serve.”

Nursing specialty certification independently validates a nurse’s advanced knowledge, clinical judgment and professionalism across a specialty body of knowledge and is associated with better patient care, safety and outcomes, and greater nurse career success and satisfaction.

Over 50,000 RNs and advanced practice registered nurses worldwide hold one or more BCEN nursing specialty credential. Over 41,000 hold the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), over 5,500 hold the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN), over 7,000 hold the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN), over 5,300 hold the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), and over 400 hold the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN).

Nominations for the 2023 BCEN National Certification Champion Award will open June 1, 2023.

About BCEN

Founded in 1980, the independent, not-for-profit Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) offers robust certification programs fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. Over 59,000 BCEN credentials are held by registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in emergency, flight, critical care ground transport, pediatric emergency and trauma nursing. BCEN offers the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certification programs. Through the award-winning BCEN Learn continuing education platform and the new-in-2022 BCEN Learn Live conferences, BCEN supports advanced emergency nursing lifelong learning. Learn more at Follow BCEN on FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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