Meet the 2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award Winners

Meet the 2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award Winners

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN)the benchmark for specialty certification across the emergency spectrum, announces 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 shows 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,” says 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.”

2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award Winners

Small Healthcare Organization: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial Emergency Department in Frisco, Texas (pictured above)

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.

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

“Congratulations to the team for their commitment to nursing and our patients,” says 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,” says 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.”

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2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award Winner – Large Healthcare Organization Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Emergency Center in Houston, Texas

“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.”

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2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Award Winner Healthcare System: Centura Health in Centennial, Colorado

Nursing specialty certification independently validates a nurse’s advanced knowledge, clinical judgment, and professionalism across a specialty body of knowledge. It’s 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 credentials. 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 open June 1, 2023.

Congratulations to the 2022 BCEN Distinguished Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care Transport Nurse Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 BCEN Distinguished Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care Transport Nurse Award Winners

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for specialty certification across the emergency spectrum, today announced the 2022 winners of the annual, national BCEN Distinguished Awards which recognize one top board certified RN in the following specialties: emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma, flight and critical care ground transport.

“The 2022 BCEN Distinguished Award recipients represent the pinnacle of emergency, trauma and critical care transport nursing excellence,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC. “Their commitment to clinical expertise, professionalism and continuing education through specialty certification inspires their colleagues, elevates their teams, and benefits every patient they touch.”

The 2022 BCEN Distinguished Award honorees are:

  • Distinguished CEN Award (adult/mixed emergency): Nicholas Jazdzewski, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department Staff RN with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Distinguished CPEN Award (pediatric emergency): Jessica Evins, BSN, RN, CPEN, Clinical Nurse III with NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department in New York City.
  • Distinguished TCRN Award (trauma): Shayna Stevens, BSN, RN, TCRN, Trauma Clinician V with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano in Plano, Texas.
  • Distinguished CFRN Award (flight): Abigail Harvey, BSN, RN, CFRN, NREMS-P, Flight RN with Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Distinguished CTRN Award (critical care ground transport): Mackenzie Alexander, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CTRN, CPEN, Critical Care Transport Nurse with Harris Health System in Houston, Texas.

Read more about each winner in the 2022 BCEN Distinguished Award Meet the Winner series.

New in 2022, honorees will receive a commemorative Distinguished Award pin and access to content on the online BCEN Learn professional development platform valued at $1,500 to support continuing education in their specialty. Pandemic permitting, the recipients will be honored with an in-person celebration at their workplace.

Over 50,000 RNs and advanced practice registered nurses worldwide hold one or more BCEN nursing specialty credential as follows: over 41,000 hold the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), over 5,500 hold the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN), nearly 7,000 hold the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN), over 5,200 hold the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), and nearly 400 hold the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN).

The honorees were selected based on their commitment to clinical excellence and professionalism through specialty certification as well as their leadership and innovation in supporting board certification for other nurses in their specialty.

National specialty certification independently validates a nurse’s advanced knowledge, clinical judgment and professionalism across a nursing specialty body of knowledge. Specialty certification is associated with optimal patient outcomes and greater nurse career success and satisfaction.

Nominations for the 2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Awards recognizing organizations committed to specialty nursing excellence will open June 1. Hospital-based and freestanding emergency departments, trauma centers, health systems, and flight and ground transport programs may apply.

BCEN Announces Burn Nursing Specialty Certification for 2023

BCEN Announces Burn Nursing Specialty Certification for 2023

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for specialty certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, today announced it is developing a burn nursing specialty certification. The new professional credential will be called the Certified Burn Registered Nurse (CBRN). After collaborating with the American Burn Association (ABA) on the initial development of the CBRN, BCEN will own and maintain the CBRN certification program.

“Following years of extraordinary advocacy by the American Burn Association and the burn nursing community to set the stage for a burn nursing-specific professional credential, and knowing the impact specialty certification has on ensuring optimal patient safety and outcomes as well as nurse success and satisfaction, BCEN is honored to take on this important endeavor,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC.

“The CBRN will advance our specialty by promoting the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to care for those impacted by burn injury, thus encouraging quality nursing care and best patient outcomes,” said Gretchen J. Carrougher, MN, RN, Research Nurse Supervisor, Department of Surgery, UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. “I have been impressed by the dedication by many in our specialty and appreciative of the support by the ABA and BCEN in this long-standing effort.” Carrougher chairs the American Burn Association’s nursing certification committee.

BCEN Burn Nursing Certification Milestones (as of March 2022)

Among the ABA-led accomplishments leading up to the development of a burn nursing specialty certification was the formal recognition of burn nursing as a nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association in August 2020 and the publication of Burn Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The latest updates on BCEN burn certification can be found at https://bcen.org/burn-nursing-specialty-certification/.

March/April 2022:

BCEN nursing specialty certification experts, American Burn Association (ABA) burn nursing subject matter experts, and BCEN test development partner PSI Services conduct the initial burn nursing role delineation study (RDS) to define the burn nursing scope of practice and body of knowledge.

Burn nurses participating in the RDS nurse survey play a very important role in defining and validating burn nurse roles, responsibilities and competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities). The results of the survey will help determine the content of the CBRN exam and be the basis for the detailed exam content outline.

SPECIAL NOTE: The burn nursing survey will be open until April 15. Burn nurses wishing to participate may contact Amy Grand at agrand@bcen.org.

Fall/Winter 2021:

Subject matter experts are selected for a burn nursing role delineation study (RDS), which then gets underway in early 2022.

The ABA continues drafting a core curriculum titled Burn Nursing: From Injury Prevention to Rehabilitation, which will be one of the primary resources for the creation of exam content.

Summer 2021:

BCEN enters into a partnership with ABA to develop a burn nursing specialty certification program. BCEN will solely own the certification program and maintain the exam.

September 2020:

Burn Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice publishes. Created by a diverse committee of experienced burn nurses, this reference provides the official scope and standards of practice for burn nursing and was critical to burn nursing being recognized as a nursing specialty.

August 2020:

The American Nurses Association formally recognizes burn nursing as a nursing specialty, approves the scope of practice, and acknowledges the standards of practice.

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Please direct any questions or inquiries about the burn nursing RDS and burn certification program to BCEN Director of Certification and Accreditation Amy Grand, MSN, RN, at agrand@bcen.org For more details and future updates about the CBRN, please visit BCEN’s CBRN burn nursing certification page.

BCEN Distinguished Awards Open for 2022 Nominations

BCEN Distinguished Awards Open for 2022 Nominations

OAK BROOK, IL (February 1, 2022) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) has opened the nomination window for the 2022 BCEN Distinguished Awards to recognize one top board certified RN in each the following specialties: emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma, flight and critical care transport.

Over 50,000 RNs worldwide hold one or more BCEN credential, with over 40,000 holding the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) alone. Nurses holding a specialty board credential, which validates advanced knowledge, clinical judgment and professionalism across a specialty body of knowledge, are among the elite practitioners in their fields.

“BCEN’s Distinguished Awards recognize the contributions of specialty certified nurses across the emergency spectrum,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC. “Honoring their dedication to patient care and commitment to specialty excellence has never been more important.”

Nominations are now being accepted for the following five awards:

  • Distinguished CEN Award (adult/mixed emergency)
  • Distinguished CPEN Award (pediatric emergency)
  • Distinguished CFRN Award (flight)
  • Distinguished CTRN Award (critical care ground transport)
  • Distinguished TCRN Award (trauma)

“Our streamlined nomination process is designed to make it easier than ever to put your candidate or yourself forward for recognition,” said Schumaker.

Visit https://bcen.org/distinguished-award-nominations/ to submit your nominee or yourself. All submissions must be fully completed by 11:59 pm CT on Monday, February 28.

Honorees will be selected based on their clinical excellence and professionalism in their own specialty nursing practice or role and their leadership and innovation in supporting and advancing specialty certification for other nurses in their specialty. The BCEN Distinguished Award judging panels include nurse experts and industry leaders in each specialty.

New in 2022, honorees will receive a commemorative Distinguished Award pin. Winners will be announced in April, and pandemic permitting, will be honored with an in-person celebration at their workplace later in the year.

Visit bcen.org/awards for complete details on BCEN’s awards programs. Nominations for the 2022 BCEN National Certification Champion Awards will open in June.

Heidi Cote Wins BCEN 2021 Top Certified Emergency Nurse Award

Heidi Cote Wins BCEN 2021 Top Certified Emergency Nurse Award

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for board certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, today recognized an outstanding board-certified emergency nurse for their excellence and advocacy with its 2021 Distinguished CEN Award. The annual national award recognizes one top Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) from among the nearly 42,000 CENs practicing across the U.S. and around the world.

  • The BCEN 2021 Distinguished CEN Award winner is Heidi Cote, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Clinical Nurse III and Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine. Cote was in the spotlight, along with all of BCEN’s 2021 nurse and organizational award winners, during BCEN’s virtual Certibration event on Thursday, July 22.

“Heidi Cote represents the best of certified emergency nursing practice. Every shift and every day, she raises the standard of care through her own bedside practice, her role as a nurse educator, and her commitment to helping her colleagues achieve the highest levels of clinical and professional excellence through CEN certification,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC.

The CEN is one of the oldest and most widely held nursing specialty certifications. Nurses who earn the CEN designation have demonstrated advanced knowledge, expertise and clinical judgment across the entire body of emergency nursing knowledge for patients of all ages.


BCEN 2021 Distinguished CEN Award winner is Heidi Cote, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN.

Heidi Cote on EMS and ED Nurses:
“EMS and ED nurses can work together to really understand the patient and where they are coming from. Sometimes when patients come in, the nursing staff does not always understand — and certainly cannot see — the environment that the patients come from.

So, at the handoff, I make sure to ask about the living situation and the environment the patient came from. Knowing that kind of information helps me as a nurse to make sure my patients get the additional resources they need…“


“Heidi represents emergency nursing to our public in such a positive light, and we couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Maine Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Faye Collins, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “I can honestly say that in my 30 years of nursing, I have never had the privilege of knowing someone so uniquely appropriate and deserving of this award. Heidi is an amazing certified nurse, and a role model for all of us.”

When asked what receiving the BCEN Distinguished CEN Award means to her, Cote said, “There is no other kind of nursing I would rather do, and I’m greatly honored to be selected given the many hard-working and deserving emergency nurses out there. I did not earn this on my own. I have several mentors and colleagues and my leadership who have helped me along the way and given me avenues to succeed.”

“Having my CEN makes a difference because it shows that I keep up with current, evidence-based practices in emergency nursing,” Cote added. “I firmly believe having this certification makes me a safer and more effective bedside nurse.”

Read about Cote’s journey from ED tech to award-winning board-certified emergency nurse in our “Meet the Winner” Q&A at bcen.org/2021-cen-award-winner/.

For more on the origin, history and impact of the CEN certification, read 40 Years of Excellence: The Certified Emergency Nurse from BCEN’s Commitment to Excellence series.

About BCEN’s National Nurse and Organizational Awards

Every year, BCEN seeks to recognize individual specialty certified emergency, trauma and transport nurses as well as healthcare organizations that demonstrate and advance certified nursing excellence and advocate for emergency nurse board certification. Learn more about BCEN’s Distinguished Awards and National Certification Champion Awards at bcen.org/awards.

This year’s BCEN National Certification Champion honoree will be announced on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. BCEN’s 2021 Distinguished CFRN (flight) and Distinguished TCRN (trauma) recipients were announced earlier this year.

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