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.
  • 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

    Kathy Ingersoll, BSN, RN, CEN
    Richmond, VA

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

    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.
  • 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

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

    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) April 2020
  • 2019 Winner

    Carlos Tavares

    RN, CEN, CFRN, CTRN, TCRN, NREMT-P, FP-D, CCEMT-P, EMT-T, WEMT Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Orlando Health Air Care Team

    About Carlos
    Carlos Tavares is described as a role model in his organization demonstrating a commitment to his patients through lifelong learning and specialty certification while holding and maintaining 4 of the 5 BCEN certifications.. He has taken a lead educational role at Orlando Regional Center Air Care where he routinely manages the quarterly and annual training for all flight crews.  Carlos was the first on the scene at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, rescuing and transporting 13 critically ill patients to the ORMC ED. All 13 survived. He aims to consistently improve in all he does and to share his knowledge with others in any way he can.

  • Previous Winners

    Teresa Elder, MEd, BSN, RN, CFRN
    Lakewood, CO

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

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

    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, TraumaCon
  • 2019 Winner

    Travis Beebe-Woodard

    BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN University of Vermont Medical Center

    About Travis
    Travis is an advocate for trauma nurse board certification and is raising the bar for quality trauma care. He has taken his advocacy for the TCRN so far as to create a nurse fellowship program to elevate the level of education nurses receive. Those who take part in this fellowship program are working towards obtaining their TCRN. While pushing to improve trauma care through education and initiative, Travis also delivers expert care to his patients and supports his colleagues in their professional development.

  • Previous Winners

    June Guadalupe, MSN, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CMC, CNRN, TCRN 
    Baltimore, MD

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

National Certification Champion Award

  • Awarded in three categories
  • Nominations accepted from July 15 to August 10, 2019. Click here to apply.
  • Winners honored at BCEN’s Certification Recognition Breakfast at Emergency Nursing 2019 on October 2

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 and implementing effective and innovative practices and programs that encourage, support, and recognize emergency nursing specialty certification
  • Demonstrate the impact of a board certified emergency nurse workforce on patient, nurse and organizational outcomes

One national winner will be recognized in each of the following categories:

  • Small Health Care Facility: single hospital emergency department, trauma program or freestanding emergency center with less than 30,000 visits per year, or a single critical care ground transport and/or flight base
  • 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, freestanding emergency centers, or critical care ground transport and/or flight bases

Eligibility Requirements 

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

Nomination Requirements

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

  • Completed nomination form
  • Two (2) letters of reference from individuals with relevant professional positions or qualifications

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

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  • Previous Winners

    Houston Methodist Hospital System 
    Houston, TX

    Avera McKennan Hospital Emergency Department
    Sioux Falls, SD

    Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital EMTC
    Indianapolis, IN

Small Health Care Facility

  • 2018 Winner
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    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

    Bristol Hospital
    Bristol, CT

    Angel MedFlight
    Scottsdale, AZ

    IU Health Saxony Hospital Emergency Department
    Fishers, IN


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

    BCEN Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

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