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BCEN Hires Kathy Mace for New Employer Relationships Role

BCEN Hires Kathy Mace for New Employer Relationships Role

New Position Will Help Hospitals and Nurse Leaders Strengthen Emergency Nursing

OAK BROOK, IL (April 24, 2019) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for board certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathy Mace, RN, SANE, as employer relationships manager. In the newly created role, Mace will help employers of emergency, trauma and critical care transport nurses understand the value of emergency nursing specialty certification so that hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers can grow and sustain a board certified emergency nurse workforce.

“Research shows that board certification of nurses has a positive impact on patient, nurse and organizational outcomes, and nurses cite employer support as a top factor in their decision-making and pathway to earning and maintaining board certification,” said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. “Kathy is uniquely qualified for this new role because she understands emergency departments from every perspective and knows firsthand what it is to walk in a nurse leader’s shoes.”

“Helping ED leaders meet their operational goals and day-to-day needs while empowering emergency nurses to deliver superior patient care is my definition of success,” said Kathy Mace, RN, SANE, employer relationships manager, BCEN. “I am excited to work with nurse leaders, employers and emergency nurses to strengthen the specialty of emergency nursing through board certification.”

Mace brings over 40 years of emergency department (ED) management, nurse leadership and bedside nursing experience to BCEN. During the 10 years prior to joining BCEN, she worked for T-System, Inc., a global IT company, most recently as a clinical resource supporting ED workflow optimization. Before that, she was the information system application analyst lead for Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. For most of her 30 years as an emergency nurse and nurse leader, Mace worked at Sparrow Health System’s flagship facility, Sparrow Hospital, which is an academic, Magnet-recognized hospital with over 100,000 visits per year. Mace’s tenure as department manager of Sparrow Hospital’s emergency department/Level 1 trauma center included oversight of the mobile intensive care unit (MICU), the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) program and collaborative initiatives with the ED physician group to improve throughput and patient satisfaction.

Mace will split her time between BCEN’s Oak Brook headquarters and Lansing, where she resides.

Employers and managers of adult/mixed emergency, pediatric emergency, flight, critical care ground transport and trauma nurses interested in learning more about board certification for their nurses can explore BCEN’s Yes You Can! Get Certified Employer Exam Voucher Program.

About BCEN

The independent, nonprofit Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) develops robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. Over 51,000 BCEN board certifications are currently held by registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in emergency, flight, critical care ground transport, pediatric emergency and trauma nursing. BCEN offers the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications. The CEN, CFRN, CPEN, and TCRN certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certifications. Learn more at bcen.org. Follow BCEN on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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