Awards & Scholarships

BCEN’s annual emergency nursing awards shine a national spotlight on certified nurses and organizations who exemplify excellence in support of specialty certification. Our nursing scholarship donations help BCEN nurses achieve their academic goals.

Individual Awards | Organizational Awards | Scholarships

About BCEN’s Awards Program

Every year, BCEN shines a national spotlight on exemplary nurses and organizations who are committed to specialty certification and excellence in emergency nursing and who promote and advance the value of board certification.

  • BCEN’s Distinguished Awards recognize one nurse exemplifying excellence in each of four emergency nursing specialties: emergency (CEN®), pediatric emergency (CPEN®), transport (CFRN® or CTRN®), and trauma (TCRN®).
  • BCEN’s National Certification Champion Award recognizes organizations in three categories: Small Health Care Facility, Large Health Care Facility and Health System.

Help us recognize excellence, achievement and impact in emergency nursing certification. Nominate a colleague, nominate yourself, or nominate your workplace!

Eligibility requirements, judging criteria, nomination forms and deadlines, award dates, and previous winners are provided below.

Distinguished Awards

BCEN’s Distinguished Awards recognize board certified emergency nurses who exemplify excellence in their emergency nursing specialty practice and who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to advocating for, supporting and promoting board certification for emergency nurses.

Please nominate an individual who demonstrates:

  • Excellence in pursuing advanced knowledge with one of BCEN’s certifications
  • Achievement in promoting and advocating for BCEN emergency nursing certification
  • Impact of certification on the nursing profession and patient outcomes

Eligibility Requirements

Any nurse holding a current CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), CFRN (Certified Flight Registered Nurse), CPEN (Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse), CTRN (Certified Transport Registered Nurse) or TCRN (Trauma Certified Registered Nurse) certification is eligible to be nominated or nominate themselves.*

To be eligible for a Distinguished Award, nominees must:

  • Hold the specific BCEN certification that is being honored
  • Be currently practicing in that specialty emergency nursing area

*Individuals serving on BCEN’s board of directors or exam construction and review committees (ECRCs), or who are engaged in revenue-generating businesses or activities associated with any BCEN certification program, product or service (including providers of certification prep materials and/or review courses), are not eligible.

Nomination Submission Requirements  

In order to be considered, nominations must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Nominee’s current CV
  • Two (2) letters of reference from individuals with relevant professional positions

See each award below for nomination windows and forms, award presentation dates and previous winners.  

 

Distinguished CEN Award

  • Honors a Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Nominations accepted July 15 – August 10, 2019 (check back  in July for nomination link)
  • Winner honored at BCEN’s Certification Recognition Breakfast at ENA’s Emergency Nursing 2019 on October 2

 

  • 2018 Winner
    Wilmar Flores Headshot

    Wilmar Flores

    BSN, RN, CEN University of California, San Diego Health Systems, La Jolla ED

    About Wilmar
    Wilmar has been certified for 10 years. When he became an assistant nurse manager in the ED, he demonstrated support for certification that included securing financial assistance for nurses pursuing specialty certification, flexible scheduling, and a resource library of preparation materials along with review courses. In recognition of their success in achieving their certifications, Wilmar created a wall of distinction. With his efforts, 10 nurses have successfully passed the CEN exam with another 10+ anticipated to be testing in the near future.

    Wilmar Flores Accepting the Award

  • Previous Winners

    2017
    Kathy Ingersoll, BSN, RN, CEN
    Richmond, VA

    2016
    Kara Bauman, MN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN
    Fairfax, VA

    2015
    Diane Branson, RN, CEN, OR-SANE-A
    Albany, OR

Distinguished CPEN Award

  • Honors a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
  • Nominations accepted July 15 – August 10, 2019
  • Check back in July for nomination link
  • Winner honored at BCEN’s Certification Recognition Breakfast at ENA’s Emergency Nursing 2019 on October 2
  • 2017 Winner
    Jodi Headshot

    Jodi Cregger

    RN, MICT, CEN, CFRN, CPEN Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, KS

    About Jodi
    Jodi Cregger is a champion for excellence in the care and transport of pediatric patients.  Outside of her exemplary skills as a caregiver, Jodi is persistent in her encouragement of her peers to attain certification in an emergency nursing field. Ms. Cregger works as both a flight nurse and educator for LifeTeam Critical Care Transport and is a champion for outstanding education services.

    She is insightful as to the process involved in preparing and taking certification exams, enthusiastically promoting certification as a means of professional development. She supports her colleagues not only through the preparation and test-taking stage of the certification process but also by promoting and acknowledging those with whom she works once they have attained their goals. Jodi has been instrumental in securing the support necessary from her employer to promote certification from within the organization for which she works.

    Ms. Jodi Cregger is an admirable role model for those who wish to attain certification and provide skilled pediatric care. Her dedication to education, promotion, and completion of becoming certified in pediatrics or any of the available fields of emergency nursing is unwavering.

  • Previous Winners

    2016
    Brian Johnson, RN, CEN, CPEN
    Walnut Creek, CA

    2015
    Kristen Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, SANE-A
    Sioux Falls, SD

Distinguished CFRN/CTRN Award

  • Honors a Certified Flight Registered Nurse or a Certified Transport Registered Nurse
  • Check back in February 2020 for nomination link
  • Winner honored at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference (CCTMC) on April 16
  • 2018 Winner
    Teresa Elder Headshot

    Teresa Elder

    MEd, BSN, RN, CFRN Flight for Life Colorado

    About Teresa
    Theresa has served as a primary nurse in rotor wing, fixed wing and critical care ground vehicles caring for critically ill and injured patients for over 23 years. She is a long-standing advocate for the CFRN certification and has worked many hours to ensure that the flight nurses are well-prepared for the exam and recognized for passing it. Her extraordinary work in support of specialty certification, including designing a CFRN exam preparation program with a 100 percent pass rate, is elevating patient care and safety and empowering nurses who work in the dynamic environment of critical care transport.

    Teresa Elder Award Acceptance

  • Previous Winners

    2017
    Bambi Pish-Derr, DNP, CFRN, CCRN
    Mesa, AZ

    2016
    Kimberly Lacina, MSN, ARNP-C, CTRN, CEN, EMT-P
    Palm Harbor, FL

    2015
    Mick McCallum, TNS, RN, CFRN, CCRN, EMT-P, FP-C, CMTE
    Topeka, KS

Distinguished TCRN Award

  • Honors a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse
  • Check back in February 2020 for nomination link
  • Winner honored at the Society of Trauma Nurses’ annual conference, TraumaCon2019, on March 28, 2019
  • 2018 Winner
    June Guadalupe Headshot

    June Guadalupe

    MSN, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CMC, CNRN, TCRN  R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD

    About June
    June, who was among the first in the nation to earn the TCRN when it was launched by BCEN in 2016, used his success to create a path to TCRN certification for dozens of nurses in Shock Trauma and the Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In collaboration with administrators and nurse colleagues, he developed and helped deliver educational resources – including a comprehensive TCRN review course whose participants have a greater than 90 percent pass rate on the exam, and removed common barriers to certification by addressing typical test-taking fears and gaining administrative approval to offer the review course for free.

    June Guadalupe Accepting Award

  • Previous Winners

    2018
    June Guadalupe,MSN, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CMC, CNRN, TCRN 
    R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD

    2017
    Andrea Wright, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
    Roanoke, VA

National Certification Champion Award

Organizational Awards

BCEN’s National Certification Champion Award (formerly Honorary Certification Recognition Award) recognizes health care facilities and health systems that:

  • Exemplify excellence in supporting emergency RNs who pursue BCEN certifications
  • Show achievement in designing effective and innovative programs supporting emergency nursing specialty certification
  • Demonstrate the impact of board certified emergency nurses on patient, nurse and organizational outcomes

Eligibility Requirements and Award Categories

To be eligible for the National Certification Champion Award, a facility or organization must:

  • Currently employ BCEN-certified emergency, transport and/or trauma nurses
  • Be actively engaged in supporting their nurses in obtaining and maintaining one or more of BCEN’s certifications
  • Serve as a model for advancing board certification for the nursing profession

One winner will be selected in each of these categories:

Small Health Care Facility: single hospital emergency department, trauma program or freestanding emergency center with less than 30,000 visits per year

Large Health Care Facility: single hospital emergency department, trauma program or freestanding emergency center with more than 30,000 visits per year

Health System: a group or system of 2 or more hospital emergency departments, trauma programs or freestanding emergency centers

Nomination Requirements

Completed nominations should include specific examples of how the facility or health system supports, recognizes and advocates for certification, including program descriptions and outcomes data.

See below for nomination window, nomination form link, award presentation date and previous winners.  

National Certification Champion Award

  • Awarded in three categories:
    • Small Health Care Facility
    • Large Health Care Facility
    • Health System
  • Nominations accepted from July 17 – August 10 (Check back in July for nomination link)
  • Winners honored at BCEN’s Certification Recognition Breakfast at Emergency Nursing 2019 on October 2

Health Systems

  • 2018 Winner
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    UCHealth Emergency Care

    Fort Collins, CO

    About UCHealth Emergency Care
    UCHealth is four emergency departments in the Fort Collins, CO region. UCHealth demonstrates support for specialty certification with financial support for up to 2 specialty certifications and renewals for nurses, a long list of review resources for preparation and recertification, and public and monetary recognition. Above all, each nurse receives a 24K gold stethoscope once they are certified!

    UCHealth is currently enjoying a 42% certification rate!

    UCHealth Employees

Large Health Care Facility

  • 2018 Winner
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    Chilton Medical Center

    Pompton Plains, NJ

    About Chilton Medical Center
    Chilton’s leadership believed that certified nurses enhance patient care and enjoy professional satisfaction and worked diligently to promote and increase certification in their facility. They identified perceived barriers to certification and sought to ease those barriers. Chilton demonstrates creative and amazing support for their certified nurses by seeking out grant funds to remove financial barriers, offering review courses and study materials, providing flexible scheduling and various forms of public and monetary recognition for the certified nurses. As a result, Chilton has increased their certification rate from 25% to  43% this year!

    Chilton Employees

    Chilton Employees 2

  • Previous Winners

    2017
    Houston Methodist Hospital System 
    Houston, TX

    2016
    Avera McKennan Hospital Emergency Department
    Sioux Falls, SD

    2015
    Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital EMTC
    Indianapolis, IN

Small Health Care Facility

  • 2018 Winner
    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Logo

    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

    Glendale, CA

    About USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
    This 12-bed emergency department has increased their certified nurses from 2 to 8, with 4 more in the bullpen. Verdugo Hills demonstrates support of specialty certification by providing review courses and study materials, along with flexibility with scheduling. Group study is encouraged with a dedicated space to include the ability to video conference. Verdugo Hills participated in and won the Greater Los Angeles Chapter ENA, CEN Olympics! They round this out with public and monetary recognition for the certified nurses. Way to go Verdugo Hills!

    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Staff
    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Staff 2

  • Previous Winners

    2017
    Bristol Hospital
    Bristol, CT

    2016
    Angel MedFlight
    Scottsdale, AZ

    2015
    IU Health Saxony Hospital Emergency Department
    Fishers, IN

Scholarships

As part of our commitment to helping BCEN-certified nurses achieve all of their professional development goals, BCEN will donate $175,000 in 2019 to fund nearly 60 academic nursing scholarships.

BCEN proudly:

  • Donates to established scholarship programs to fund undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral scholarships for BCEN-certified nurses and fund paramedic-to-RN scholarships for paramedics committed to becoming BCEN-certified RNs
  • Donates $10,000 to ASTNA’s bereavement fund

To apply for BCEN-funded academic scholarships, please contact our partner organizations or visit their websites.

Current Year Scholarship Contributions and Past Awardees:

ENA Foundation Scholarship - $70,000

  • 2018 Awardees

    BCEN Doctoral Scholarship Recipients

    • Becky VonBank, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN, PHN
      Minnesota
      Amount Awarded: $5,000
    • Rebecca Young, MAS, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
      New Jersey
      Amount Awarded: $5,000

    BCEN Master’s Scholarship Recipients

    • Tommy Duvall, BSN, RN, CEN
      Texas
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Etiennette Sneed, RN, MICN, CEN, CPEN
      California
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Michael Brewbaker, RN, BSN, CEN
      Louisiana
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Steven Hunt, RN, BSN, CEN, NREMTP
      Tennessee
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Natalie Matthews, BSN, RN-BC, CEN
      North Carolina
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Dana Connolly, RN, CEN, CCRN
      California
      Amount Awarded: $4,000
    • Robin Birch, RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, NRP
      Texas
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Lyndsay Joesel, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN, CPEN
      Tennessee
      Amount Awarded: $3,000

    BCEN Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

    • Allison Helmerichs, RN, TNS, CEN
      Illinois
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Heather Calhoun, RN, CEN
      Virginia
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Matt Helmerichs, RN, CEN
      Illinois
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Sara Andrews, BS, RN, CEN
      Washington
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Frances M. Spain, RN, CEN
      Missouri
      Amount Awarded: $3,000
    • Shawn Reid, RN, CFRN, EMT-P
      Virginia
      Amount Awarded: $3,000

Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) Scholarship - $35,000

  • 2018 Awardees

    BCEN Doctoral Scholarship Recipients

    • Kent Lee, MSN, RN, CNS, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, Anaheim, CA
    • Diana Bornik-Degroot, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, TCRN, Lakeland, FL
    • Beverly Meade, MSN, RN, MHA, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, EMT-P, Glouster, OH

    BCEN Graduate Scholarship Recipients

    • Amanda Rardon, BS, RN, CEN, TCRN, Burnettsville, IN
    • Andrea Rinker, BSN, RN, CMSRN, TCRN, Lorain, OH
    • John Ripple, RN, CEN, TCRN, Hockessin, DE

    BCEN Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

    • Ginger Koppi, RN, TCRN, CEN, CPEN, EMT, Rogers, MN
    • Joshua Winowieki, RN, CCRN, TCRN, Detroit, MI

Air & Surface Transport Nursing Association (ASTNA) - $35,000

  • 2018 Awardees

    BCEN Doctoral (DPN) Scholarship Recipients

    • Greg Clark, BSN, RNC-NIC, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, CTRN, NREMT, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Steven Malarchick, MSN in education, CFRN, CTRN, Paramedic, Dolores, Colorado
    • Natasha Lukasiewich, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CFRN, CEN, TCRN, EMS-RN, LNC, Reno, Nevada

    BCEN Masters (MSN) Scholarship Recipients

    • Ian Luckhurst, BPe, BScN, RN, CFRN, ENC©, Rossland Canada (BC)
    • Teri (Therese) Campbell, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, PHRN, Arlington Heights Illinois
    • Stacy McCarthy, BSN, RN, CCRN, CFRN, Elk Grove, California
    • Edward Little, BSN, RN, CCRN ,CFRN, Tigard, Oregon

    BCEN Undergraduate (BSN) Scholarship Recipients

    • Charles Cooper, RN, CCRN, CPEN, CFRN, Wills Point, TX
    • Thomas Crain, BA, ADN, RN, CFRN, CPEN, NR-P, FP-C,  Phoenix, Arizona
    • Jeri Ennis, RN, CEN, CFRN, MICN,  Sparta, New Jersey
    • Robert Graves, RN, CEN, CFRN,  Zanesville, Ohio
    • William Murr, JR, RN, CFRN, NR-Paramedic, Colora, Maryland
    • Joshua Rider, Paramedic, RN, CCRN, CFRN, Bossier City, Louisiana

National Student Nurses Association Foundation (NSNA) - $35,000

  • 2018 Awardees
    • Julia DeBaecke, Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, Portland, OR
    • Jeanne Luse, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA
    • Dylan McCloud-Lewis, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
    • Yoana Muniz, The University of St. Thomas-Houston, Houston, TX
    • Lisa Willis, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
    • Hannah Zeller, Baker College, Owosso, MI