Spark us with your success story!

We all need to inspire each other, celebrate with each other, learn from each other, and spark inspiration in each other to be our best.
So, tell us your certified nursing story. We want to know: Why does BCEN certification matter?
We are looking for stories about your clinical excellence, initial certification and renewal, leadership or impact on your patients, yourself, your team, your community.
Every story will be featured on this page … and we just might feature your story on the BCEN Success Stories page, BCEN’s social media channels or with our e-newsletter community of over 100,000 certified nurses and certification champions.
Will you be the spark that ignites a new passion for certification in your peers?

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Joni Welch Headshot

As a new graduate RN in the emergency department, I chose to get certified so I could provide the best care possible for my patients. I have not been disappointed! I learned so much while prepping for the exam and my confidence increased tremendously.

Joni Welch , CEN
Charles Hammer Headshot

After working in a level-1 trauma Emergency Department (ED) for two years, I obtained my Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification. Preparing for this exam and becoming specialized in a field of study helped solidify the urge to continue my education along with my professional growth. Passing this exam motivated me and helped build my confidence to go back to school and finish my Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) studies. I have grown to learn that no matter where I go in my career, I will always be a certified Emergency Room nurse at heart.

Charles Hammer , CEN
Nestor Alarcon Headshot

All 5 BCEN credentials have given me the confidence that I’m doing the best care and management to my patients. I realized that the rush and intensity working in the Emergency Department and field should be paralleled with the latest and best possible care. It made me more eager to pass all five certifications. I started my nursing career back in Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in the Philippines, where I honed my skills and developed my passion as an ER nurse. One way to prove my critical thinking and commitment is to pass all 5 BCEN certifications, which I successfully finished in 1 year. Currently, I am working as a Flight Nurse in Texas, and I am confident knowing that I deliver safe and quality care to all my patients.

Nestor Alarcon , CEN, CFRN, CPEN, CTRN, TCRN
Sadie Fryer Headshot

I initially got my CEN in 2015 to help me feel confident as a newer nurse in a busy mixed-age ED. I learned so much from the review course I took that I decided to get my CPEN next to gain a better understanding of one of the most vulnerable populations that we treat. Fast forward 6 years, I have obtained all 5 BCEN certs and gained a wealth of knowledge and confidence with each one. My certs have helped me gain the expertise to advance me to my dream job. If you are on the fence to study and test for one, take the jump! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


My grandfather died in an ER due to the lack of urgency and recognition of symptoms. I made a commitment to him and myself that I would never allow for that to happen and my journey began. I started working at Baptist Hospital of Miami as a patient transporter, then CNA, then bedside ED RN, and now Assistant Nurse Manager in ED and Flight Nurse for Monroe County Fire Rescue. I do this every day because everyone wants their loved ones to come home and sometimes nurses can greatly impact that. No greater feeling than knowing I did all I could to make a difference in that patient and family's life.

Obed Bello , CEN

Because on a Medical-Surgical floor, we are not as in tune with the signs and symptoms of a deteriorating patient. The CEN has helped me recognize those symptoms early giving me the knowledge and confidence to intervene early before it is too late.

Kelley Watson , CEN
Sarah Daykin Headshot

I love nursing but Pediatric ER gives me the opportunity to be there and care for the kids in our community. Be it a stubbed toe or the worst day of a parent's life. I can be there giving my all, ensuring all kids are safe, receiving the best care and are never alone even if their parents cannot be present.

Sarah Daykin , CPEN, TCRN
Theresa Skrobe Headshot

Obtaining my CEN certification shows a commitment to the specialty of emergency nursing.

Theresa Skrobe , CEN
Deborah Spann Headshot

Certification in my area is important to know that I have the knowledge to specialize in ER nursing.

Deborah Spann , CEN
Katarzyna Krol Headshot

I chose to be a specialist in my home unit, the ED/trauma center. Being someone my colleagues turn to when in doubt makes me feel like I make a difference in my hospital.

Katarzyna Krol , CEN, TCRN
Allen Wolfe Headshot

It is rush hour and the traffic is backed up for an overturned vehicle on the highway near the nation’s capital. The traffic is blocked and a landing zone is set up for the helicopter. As you land and exit the helicopter all eyes are on you and your partner. The patient and the EMS personnel are depending on you to help a patient you will be meeting on the worst day of their lives. Whatever the injuries may be, I have confidence from my training and advanced certification, the CFRN. The CFRN validates my knowledge as a flight nurse. The patient can rest assured they are getting the best care.

Allen Wolfe , CFRN, CTRN
Mary Whelan Headshot

Initially, I wanted to bring my best to the bedside each day. Currently, I’m enticing coworkers to achieve the same distinction.

Mary Whelan , CEN
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