Certified Nurses Day

Certified Nurses Day 2024 is March 19. Join us every March as we celebrate specialty certified emergency, trauma, transport and burn RNs and their commitment to clinical excellence and professionalism … along with board certified nurses in every nursing specialty!


New for Certified Nurses Day 2024

Celebrate Certified Nurses Day with a free, downloadable “You RN-credible” note card, new “Nurses RN-credible” t-shirt and sticker sheet, and set your calendar for the March 19 CEN Review Course special offer.

What is Certified Nurses Day? | Why does nursing specialty certification matter?

A Special Message for Consumers, Patients & Families

“When you receive care from a nationally certified emergency, trauma, transport or burn nurse, you know you’re being treated by the best of the best.

Board certified RNs voluntarily go above and beyond their nursing license requirements to master advanced knowledge across their specialty, much like physicians do.

They take a rigorous exam to prove it. And they commit to staying on top of the very latest advances and best practices.

That’s the kind of nursing care we all want and deserve. And that is definitely worth celebrating!”

Headshot of BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker with the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) pin.


BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker, a former ER nurse, has been a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) since 1996. There are more than 40,000 CENs worldwide.

How to Celebrate Certified Nurses Day

Looking for Certified Nurses Day celebration ideas? Here are just a few ways to say “thank you” to the BCEN-certified nurses in your life.

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Each CEN Review Course purchased on March 19 will come with a FREE CEN Practice Exam, valued at $50!*
*Offer available March 19, 2024 from 12 AM-11:59 PM ET. CEN Practice Exam will be added to your BCEN account within 1 week of purchase.

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Download the full BCEN Nurse Recognition Kit

Send a Personal Thank You
Printable Note Card & Certificate

Give a Certified Nurses Day Gift
Nurses RN-Credible T-Shirt, Sticker Sheet & More BCEN Merch

The BCEN Nurse Recognition Kit on a yellow background, including a poster, certificates, greeting cards, and other colorful graphics designed to celebrate and recognize a certified nurse.

Proud to be Certified!  

Here’s what RNs specializing in emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma, flight and critical care ground transport had to say about why specialty certification matters.

Headshot of BCEN 2022 Distinguished CPEN award winner Jessica Evins.

“Any specialty certification, by definition, improves patient care. It means you’re an expert who has demonstrated competency and knowledge in your field,” said Jessica Evins, BSN, RN, CPEN, a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) with NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department in New York City. “While pediatric patients make up a small percentage of the overall Emergency Department population, people underestimate the unique challenges of taking care of kids. Having pediatric emergency specialty knowledge is critical, and being a CPEN is the best way to show families that you are as equipped as possible to care for their kids.”

Headshot of 2022 BCEN Distinguished CEN award winner Nick Jazdzewski.

Nick Jazdzewski BSN, RN, CEN, with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said: “Quite simply, being a Certified Emergency Nurse makes me a better nurse, and it raises the performance of the team around me. The heightened knowledge I’ve obtained through specialty certification allows me to quickly anticipate changes in patients’ conditions, which means I can intervene sooner, and that gives patients the best chance for positive outcomes.”

Lindsay Schoem smiling, leaning on a counter with hospital bays in the background.

Lindsay Schoem, BSN, RN, TCRN, a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) with Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia, described a thank you letter she received from a trauma patient who had learned what the letters T-C-R-N on her name badge meant: “The patient wrote: ‘I just felt so much more comfortable knowing your expertise was in trauma. I just knew I was going to receive the best care.’”

Caroline Levin in a flight suit smiling in front of a helicopter, standing confidently with hand on hip.

Education Coordinator and Flight Nurse Caroline Levin, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, PHRN, a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) with STAT MedEvac in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said: “In the dynamic outside-the-hospital environment, being certified in transport nursing means we bring an expertise to patient care that offers an advanced knowledge-informed perspective on diagnosis and treatment to support our patients’ best possible outcomes.”

Celebrating Certified Nurses

Send us a picture of you and your colleagues celebrating 2024 Certified Nurses Day! We just might feature your photo on this page or on BCEN’s social media channels.
Email us at bcen@bcen.org and put “CND 2024” in the subject line. Bonus points for showing your BCEN credentials!

Amy Somers headshot, smiling and wearing a scrub cap with cartoons on it.

“I put off getting a certification for years. Maybe it was because I was tired after getting two bachelor’s and finishing my ER residency. Then it was I had a couple kids and didn’t feel like studying. But I am so glad I finally did it a few years ago!” wrote Amy Somers, RN, BSN, TCRN, an ER/Trauma Nurse with Texas Health Dallas. “I love explaining what the TCRN stands for on my jacket… I am proud of my certification! It’s never too late to get certified!”

Austin Johnson sits in the open doorway of an ambulance, smiling and wearing a stethoscope around his neck.

“Happy Certified Nurses Day to all the nurses who raised the bar on nursing specialty credentials by becoming board certified,” said Austin Johnson, BSN, RN, EMT-P, CTRN, a Critical Care Transport Nurse with AdventHealth EMS in Orlando, Florida. “I’m proud of my board certification because it helps me and my patients feel more confident in what I do as a nurse.”

Certified nurses Pat Bria and Jerry Brenner smiling in special Certified Nurses Day t-shits, which read 'Credentials Matter.'

Credentials matter! WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital ED recognizes certified nurses Pat Bria BA, BS, BSN, RN, CEN and Jerry Brenner MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN with special Certified Nurses Day t-shirts.

Circular, blue and gold Certified Nurses Day decorations with the names and credentials of certified nurses on a wooden background.

“Grateful to be acknowledged for having certifications,” Roger Casey, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN shares Certified Nurses Day decorations recognizing his department’s specialty certified nurses.

Stephanie Suzadail, wearing a flight suit and helmet, looks out the window of an air ambulance at a cityscape.

“Happy Certified Nurses Day to all the nurses out there who went the extra lengths in their careers to get certified,” said flight nurse Stephanie Suzadail, MSN, MA, RN, PHRN, CEN, CFRN, CPEN, CTRN, TCRN, with Geisinger Life Flight in Danville, Pennsylvania. “Certification shows the world you have not only the knowledge and competency in your specialty, but also a passion for it.”