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BCEN Honors Top Board Certified Trauma Nurse with 2019 Distinguished TCRN Award

BCEN Honors Top Board Certified Trauma Nurse with 2019 Distinguished TCRN Award

University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Nurse Recognized for Excellence and Advocacy

OAK BROOK, IL (March 28, 2019) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for board certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, announced today that University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM Medical Center) emergency nurse Travis Beebe-Woodard, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, is the 2019 Distinguished TCRN Award winner. BCEN presented the national award to Beebe-Woodard at TraumaCon2019, the Society of Trauma Nurses’ annual conference, in Lexington, Kentucky this morning.

Introduced by BCEN in 2016, the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) is the first and only national board certification for nurses who demonstrate advanced knowledge, skill and clinical judgment across the trauma care continuum, from injury prevention and prehospital care to acute care to rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Held by nearly 4,000 registered nurses, the TCRN is a Magnet-accepted certification program.

“As an advocate for trauma nurse board certification, Travis is raising the standard and quality of trauma care for urban and rural patients and their families throughout the University of Vermont Health Network footprint,” said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC. “With vision, focus and dedication, he created an innovative nurse fellowship program and leads research-based education and process improvement initiatives while continuing to deliver expert bedside care and support his colleagues in their professional development.”

The emergency department trauma nurse fellowship program Beebe-Woodard developed in partnership with his nurse and trauma surgeon colleagues is designed to build a corps of emergency trauma care nurse leaders. First, nurse fellows participate in a 40-hour program to build knowledge and skills in the initial assessment and resuscitation of patients who have been traumatically injured. Next, the nurses attend the nurse-physician team-based Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) course. Then, the nurses are expected to earn their TCRN credential. The fellowship program is currently offered to UVM Medical Center emergency nurses in Burlington with plans to expand to UVM Health Network’s five affiliate hospitals serving upstate New York and central Vermont.

“Travis is motivated by wanting to improve care and outcomes for injured patients and build the acumen and expertise of nurses in trauma care,” said Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, ACNP, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nursing officer, University of Vermont Medical Center. “His commitment to advancing the specialty of trauma nursing in Vermont and his work in developing what I believe will be a world-class fellowship are remarkable.”

“I am honored to receive this award because it recognizes commitment to a standard and brings into focus the effort trauma nurses undertake to ensure they have the current working knowledge and expertise to give patients what they need,” said Beebe-Woodard. “Earning this award would not have been possible without the support of my colleagues and the pathway to certification established by UVM Medical Center that has removed every barrier for our employees.” Beebe-Woodard is tripled board certified in emergency nursing, having earned BCEN’s Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) credentials as well as the TCRN.

BCEN’s Nurse Awards and Organizational Awards

BCEN annually recognizes individual specialty certified emergency nurses as well as hospitals and health systems 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.

About BCEN
The 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 50,000 BCEN 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 the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications. The CEN, CFRN, CPEN, and TCRN certifications 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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