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 Healthcare Organization, Large Healthcare Organization and Healthcare 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

 

  • 2019 Winner

    Heather Linsalata

    BSN, RN, CEN University Hospital, Newark, NJ

    About Heather

    Heather has been an incredible force in supporting professional development and nursing in her organization. She is credited for greatly improving morale and stabilizing her department. One way she has done this is through her tireless efforts for support of specialty nursing certification. Not only has Heather held numerous review courses, provided online learning materials and books to assist her team, she also has worked to remove financial barriers for the nurses to achieve certification. Heather provides fun fact Fridays with certification review questions. When it comes to recognition, Heather’s efforts continue to be robust with certification teas and badge buddies.

     

  • Previous Winners

    2018
    Wilmar Flores, BSN, RN, CEN
    San Diego, CA

    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.
  • Winner honored at BCEN’s Certification Recognition Breakfast at ENA’s Emergency Nursing 2019 on October 2
  • 2019 Winner

    Cara Szeglin

    BSN, RN, CPEN New York-Presbyterian, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Levittown, NY

    About Cara

    Cara has conducted numerous review classes and has set up a google classroom for her teammates to give them the tools to prepare for success. The CPENs in Cara’s department have increased from 1 to 11 in the past year. Cara works tirelessly to encourage and support her coworkers. She is truly a champion for CPEN certification and is making a huge difference!

     

  • Previous Winners

    2017
    Jodi Cregger, RN, MICT, CEN, CFRN, CPEN
    Great Bend, KS

    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) 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

    2018
    Teresa Elder, MEd, BSN, RN, CFRN
    Lakewood, CO

    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, 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.

    STN TraumaCon, Thursday March 28, 2019 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan
  • Previous Winners

    2018
    June Guadalupe, MSN, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CMC, CNRN, TCRN 
    Baltimore, MD

    2017
    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 Healthcare Organization: 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 Healthcare Organization: single hospital emergency department, trauma program or freestanding emergency center with more than 30,000 visits per year
  • Healthcare 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

Healthcare Systems

  • 2019 Winner

    Northeast Georgia Health System

    Gainsville, GA

    About Northeast Georgia Health System

    Support for specialty nursing certification starts on the first day of employment where new hires attend a seminar led by nursing leadership. In this seminar, the value placed on specialty nursing certification is conveyed along with the benefits and recognition in store for nurses once certification has been achieved. Recognition includes an annual dinner celebrating certified nurses across the system along with system wide recognition in the way of plaques, newsletters and public display of certification achievements throughout the facilities. Northeast Georgia has a 25% certification rate in their emergency departments throughout the health care system. Northeast tells us that supporting certification has led to many positive outcomes in performance improvement initiatives and patient satisfaction. They attribute this to the ownership and professionalism their certified nurses demonstrate.

  • Previous Winners

    2018
    UCHealth Emergency Care  
    Fort Collins, CO

Large Healthcare Organization

  • 2019 Winner

    Oak Hill Hospital

    Brooksville, FL

    About Oak Hill Hospital
    Oak Hill is truly a champion of specialty nursing certification. In the emergency department, the certification rate is 87%! Organization wide the certification rate held by nurses is 81%! Pretty impressive. All the nurse leaders in the organization act as role models and are 100% board certified. Nurses with the appropriate amount of experience are expected to achieve specialty certification within six months of hire. Nurses are provided preparation support, continuing education and financial assistance for the cost of the exam. Once certified, nurses are rewarded with additional pay. Oak Hill has robust recognition efforts in place, and they celebrate specialty certification achievement mightily with a certification breakfast, organizational emails and congratulatory letters sent to the nurses’ homes.

  • Previous Winners

    2018
    Chilton Medical Center 
    Pompton Plains, NJ

    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 Organization

  • 2019 Winner

    Rush Foundation Hospital ED

    Meridian, MS

    About Rush Foundation Hospital ED
    This 25-bed emergency department boasts a 41% certification rate with five more nurses scheduled to take their CEN certification exams. Rush has a formal recognition plan in place to ensure their nurse’s accomplishments don’t go unnoticed. Rush also provides an increase in pay with achievement of certification. Rush tells us they have seen many benefits to their patients because their nurses have obtained specialty certification exemplifying greater confidence at the bedside.


  • Previous Winners

    2018
    USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
    Glendale, CA

    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

  • 2019 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

  • 2019 Awardees
    • Neslihan Kasap, Farmingdale State College
    • Nneoma Ufele, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Brie-Sophie Bilodeau, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
    • Jessica Koch, St. Louis University
    • Daria Van Doren, Moravian College
    • Zakhari Snow, Goldfarb School of Nursing