Burn Nursing Specialty Certification – Coming Soon!

Healthcare practitioners everywhere know that specialized care is required for patients with burn injuries and their families. When RNs and APRNs who deliver burn care master the knowledge, skills and abilities through all phases of burn care, including injury recovery and rehabilitation, they help ensure optimal patient outcomes.

As such, the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) is developing a burn nursing specialty certification. BCEN’s partner on this very important endeavor is the American Burn Association (ABA). The ABA and members of the burn community have been working toward this end for several years.

Major milestones leading to the introduction of a national burn nursing specialty certification are outlined below. Please visit this page for updates.

Burn Nursing Certification Milestones

July 2020

The American Nurses Association formally recognizes burn nursing as a nursing specialty, approves the scope of practice, and acknowledges the standards of practice.

September 2020

Burn Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice publishes. Created by a diverse committee of experienced burn nurses, this reference provides the official scope and standards of practice for burn nursing and was critical to burn nursing being recognized as a nursing specialty.

Summer 2021

BCEN enters into a partnership with ABA to develop a burn nursing specialty certification program. BCEN will solely own the certification program and maintain the exam.

Fall 2021

Subject matter experts are selected for a burn nursing role delineation study (RDS). The RDS will get underway in early 2022.

The ABA continues drafting a core curriculum titled Burn Nursing: From Injury Prevention to Rehabilitation, which will be one of the primary resources for the creation of exam content.

BCEN is committed to supporting nurses delivering specialty care across the emergency spectrum and beyond, advancing nursing practice and excellence, and promoting optimal patient outcomes with the highest quality, most respected credentials.

Please direct any questions or inquiries about the burn nursing RDS and burn certification program to BCEN Director of Certification and Accreditation Amy Grand, MSN, RN, at agrand@bcen.org.