The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing's change was announced as BCEN prepares to celebrate Certified Nurses Day™ on March 19.
The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), which provides certification for nurses across the emergency care spectrum who have met and exceeded nationally recognized standards of proficiency, has announced its new mission and vision.
BCEN's board of directors approved the organization's new mission and vision at its meeting last month.
- New mission: The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) supports nurses to achieve excellence by being the industry leader in professional credentialing while promoting the value of certification and lifelong learning.
- New vision: Every patient across the emergency spectrum receives care from a BCEN-certified nurse.
The move was announced as BCEN is preparing for the upcoming international Certified Nurses Day™, held every March 19 to acknowledge and honor nurses worldwide who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty and contribute to better patient outcomes. BCEN will celebrate its certified emergency, trauma, and transport nurses on that day.
The date marks the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN, an accomplished nurse leader and educator who conceived and helped establish national standards for certifying nurses in pediatrics, cardiology, and other medical specialties.
To celebrate Certified Nurses Day, BCEN is offering free resources, including a Nurse Recognition Kit, BCEN's industry-leading nurse resource portfolio, and during March 19–25, BCEN's Supporting Board Certification continuing education course.
"BCEN's new mission and vision retain our focus on advancing the professionalism and clinical excellence of emergency, trauma, and transport nurses through rigorous national board certification programs," said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC, in a press release. "They also underline the ever-increasing importance of continuing education and point to the ultimate contribution of board certified nursing care—better patient outcomes."
More than 57,000 BCEN credentials are held by RNs who specialize in emergency, pediatric emergency, critical care ground transport, flight, and trauma nursing.
"BCEN is proud to join certification and nursing organizations, employers, and citizens worldwide in celebrating the remarkable contributions of board certified nurses," Schumaker said.
“BCEN's new mission and vision retain our focus on advancing the professionalism and clinical excellence of emergency, trauma, and transport nurses through rigorous national board certification programs.”
BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC
Carol Davis is the Nursing Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.