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Share your #BCENMyWhy and you might be featured on our social media!

Emergency nursing is more than a job. It’s more than a profession. It’s even more than a passion. It’s your calling. And your reasons for answering this calling are as unique and individual as you are. All of you want to help and care for others, but you do it in so many amazing ways. Some of you rush into disasters in the back of an ambulance. Some of you fly to danger without a thought for yourself. Some of you care for our most vulnerable population – our children. And some of you manage the chaos of a busy ED with limitless patience and grace.

However you do what you do, we want to hear why you do it!

It’s easy to share your why. Fill out the form to submit directly to us.

Finally, share via your social media platforms – just make sure to use the hashtag, #BCENMyWhy. We can’t wait to hear from you!

My Why Form

Jennifer Whelan Headshot

I was drawn to ER nursing out of a desire to provide help to people when they are at their most vulnerable – to make the worst day of their lives a little bit less scary. I became certified so I can be confident in my ability to provide the best possible help.

Jennifer Whelan , CEN
Diane King Headshot

I enjoy the fast pace of working in the ER and I am committed to ED nursing. Being certified in this area of practice helps keep me current and on task with trends and evidence-based practice.

Diane King , CEN, CPEN
Jodie Bragg Headshot

It was important to me to become certified to know that I was doing all that I could to prepare myself to take the best care of any patient who came into our ER. You just never know what a shift in the ER will bring!

Jodie Bragg , CEN
Miguel Oritz-Reyes Headshot

The ER always fascinated me! I watched all the ER shows growing up and wanted to experience it firsthand. It may not be all glitz and glamour like Hollywood, but caring for patients in the ER is quite a rewarding role.

Miguel Oritz-Reyes , CEN
Ottilia Lewis Headshot

I love being able to be there for someone on the worst day of their life. Unfortunately for trauma patients, the worst day of their life can extend for days, weeks, and even months. That’s why I love being TCRN certified because I can continue to give excellent trauma care even after the patient leaves the ED. As they heal from their injuries, I am able to give support to both the patient and their families. Our jobs are not easy, we see the worst of the worst, but knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life is worth all of the heartache and tears. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Ottilia Lewis , TCRN

I love ER because you have to keep on your toes. That being said, triage is my favorite area to work as I feel it is truly the most crucial area. As a triage nurse, you have to make the right decisions efficiently and quickly, if you don't triage appropriately and correctly, those patients who have to wait to go in the back to be seen may die. This job is definitely underrated and I am so thankful for the wonderful mentors I have had at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Lois Denise Ketchum Cunnigham , CEN

I believe that sharing my skills and what I know matters. And through volunteerism, I am able to share my light and help illuminate the path and empower others even beyond the realms of the healthcare and where my help is needed the most. As a certified Nurse, I am committed to learning and providing the best and safest care no matter where I am and whatever situation.

Marvin Delfin , CEN, TCRN, CPEN

I love having my TCRN and CEN certifications because they help me feel equipped to handle whatever emergency the day may throw my way. I feel prepared, knowledgeable, and up to date on current best practice guidelines. I am so proud to be a part of this elite group of nurses!

Mallory Robalino , CEN, TCRN
Raymond VanCleaf Headshot

As a new grad, I was drawn to the Emergency Dept. because it gave me the opportunity to care for such a vast population of people. Patients ranging from birth to the elderly, with complaints ranging from simple ailments to life-threatening trauma. No day would be the same. That was where I wanted to be.

Raymond VanCleaf , CEN, CFRN
Tim Thoman Headshot

I was a new graduate nurse coming from the EMS world. Lots of my coworkers didn't want to take me seriously. In less than a year, I was CEN certified, I later was one of the first 600 CPEN's, and returning to my roots I obtained my CTRN also. I believe it provides the best possible care and knowledge to serve our patients.

Tim Thoman , CEN, CPEN, TCRN
Yulier Fleitas Headshot

I decided to become certified when I found out the Emergency Department was the area that I am most passionate about. With my certification, my patients and families know that I am committed to progressing in my field and providing compassionate and excellent care.

Yulier Fleitas , CEN

I am currently working as a trauma nurse in the United States Army, serving in a combat support hospital overseas. I have been deployed to the Middle East to be employed in support of troops stationed in various countries, and every few years I relocate to serve as an emergency room nurse wherever the Army sends me. I love my profession, I love dedicating my life in service to others. My CEN allows me to serve with professionalism and dignity.

Darrel Davis , CEN
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