We are living and working through an unprecedented time in our history — and a transformative time for healthcare.
As a certified nurse, you faced obstacles and uncertainty throughout 2020, and you did it boldly, fearlessly and with incredible grace. In the midst of your extraordinary work on the frontlines, BCEN put special accommodations in place to support you through the COVID pandemic.
- Since March 26, 2020, BCEN reduced the recertification by attestation fee to $190 (a 20% discount)
IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO RECERTIFICATION BY CE ATTESTATION:
All recertification by CE attestation applications remains discounted at $190 until further notice.
PSI is updating their website regularly with test-taking information during this time.
- Are PSI testing centers open?
Yes. Please visit PSI’s test center openings page for daily updates about test centers in your region.
- I can no longer take the exam on the day I scheduled
If you are within your 90-day testing window AND still have at least48 hours before the exam (based on the time zone of the testing center where you have an exam scheduled or the location of scheduled LRP exam), you will be able to reschedule with PSI with no reschedule/cancellation fees.
Please call BCEN at 1-877-302-2236 if you will no longer be able to take your exam within your 90-day exam authorization window.
- I can’t find a testing center
Please visit PSI’s Test Center Openings page, or call BCEN at 1-877-302-2236 so that we may assist in looking for an available testing center available in your area.
- My authorization expired
Please call BCEN at 1-877-302-2236 so that we may evaluate your situation and determine how best to move forward. Expired authorizations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- I’m COVID positive/have been exposed
If you or someone you know has tested positive or is showing symptoms for COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines by self-quarantining for at least 14 days.
PSI will also allow you to come in after a positive result if you have received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.
You must be symptom and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine to be admitted to a testing center after your 14-day quarantine or two negative results.
Visit https://www.psionline.com/important-notice-update-concerning-covid-19-coronavirus/ for a complete breakdown of PSI’s COVID-19 policies.
Please call BCEN at 1-877-302-2236 so that we can assist you in canceling/rescheduling your exam for at least 14 days later. Extensions may be processed, if necessary.
- Do I have to wear a mask?
PSI requires all candidates to bring and wear a mask while at any testing center. Any surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered. Candidates without a face mask will be denied testing services. No refunds will be processed for candidates that are turned away due to failure to comply with the mask policy.
- My ID is expired/about to expire?
PSI is currently allowing exceptions on expired government-issued IDs until further notice.
- Will I still get my certificate once I pass?
The shipment of certificates, wallet cards, and pins are being processed once a week and may be delayed due to COVID-19 shipping updates. Candidates can utilize our online Credential Verification to provide proof of certification. Downloadable PDFs of certificates are available in your BCEN account 7-10 days after recertification.
Recertification by CE Attestation
- I’ve been furloughed and can’t afford to recertify
In addition to the allowances we have put in place, we are also providing a discount on recertification by attestation fees. All fees for recertification by attestation will remain $190 until further notice.
- My certification expired … what can I do?
We understand your certification is important to you and we offer a 30-day grace period to reinstate your expired credential, which will allow a Recertification by CE Attestation application to be submitted. There is a $50 late fee that will need to be processed over the phone.
Please call BCEN at 877-302-2236 to process your late recertification.
- Will I still get my certificate once I recertify?
The shipment of certificates, wallet cards, and pins are being processed once a week and may be delayed due to COVID-19 shipping updates. Candidates can log into their BCEN account and utilize our online Credential Verification Request to provide proof of certification. Downloadable PDFs of certificates are available in your BCEN account 7-10 days after recertification.
- Can I recertify early?
Recertification by CE Attestation applications may be submitted as soon as you have the 100 CEs needed to recertify. This can be done at any point during your 4-year certification period.
If you choose to recertify early, 4 years will be added to your current expiration date.
- Please note: CEs towards your next certification period cannot be accrued until your original expiration date has passed.
We encourage you to visit the following resource pages compiled by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) and the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), as well as the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA):
- COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses
- ENA COVID-19 Information
- STN COVID-19 Resources
- ASTNA Statement on Transport of Patients with Serious Communicable Diseases
- ANA COVID-19 Resource Center
- APNA Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19: Information for Nurses
For the latest information from U.S. and global health organizations, please visit these coronavirus resource pages:
Rest assured that we are here to support you in any way we can. Please contact us through the link below or call our office with any concerns at 1-877-302-BCEN (2236)
We stand behind you, and we are so proud of the incredible work you’re doing through this difficult time. Thank you for your hard work, your sacrifice, and your dedication. In times like these, that makes all the difference.