BCEN Launches the BCEN Learn Emergency Nursing Continuing Education Platform

OAK BROOK, IL (October 20, 2020) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for board certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, today announced the official launch of BCEN Learn, an all-in-one continuing education platform for nurses and nurse leaders practicing in emergency, pediatric emergency, trauma and critical care transport settings.

Located at learn.bcen.org, the learning platform’s initial offerings include original continuing education (CE) courses and four full-length practice exams to help nurses prepare for BCEN’s specialty certification exams. In November, a free webinar on how to implement a nurse residency program, BCEN & Friends podcast episodes, and more CE courses will also be available on the BCEN Learn portal. New content will be added regularly thereafter.

“Nurses told us loud and clear they need more options for emergency nursing-relevant CE content. BCEN Learn offers expert-designed fresh, engaging and immersive content to equip busy nurses and nurse leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to learn, grow and excel,” said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC.

The five most-requested CE subject areas, based on a February 2020 BCEN needs assessment survey of nearly 2,000 emergency, trauma and transport nurses, are: respiratory emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies, critical care topics, neurological emergencies and emerging topics. Nurses responding to the 2019 Emergency/Trauma/Transport Nursing Workforce Survey resoundingly indicated the need for more professional development and training for themselves, their peers and new nurses on both clinical and leadership topics.


Key features of BCEN Learn:

  • CE courses developed by emergency, trauma and transport subject matter experts
  • High-interactivity content accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere
  • Available to any healthcare professional who creates an account at bcen.org
  • Supports BCEN certificants from exam prep through recertification
  • Introductory CE course pricing of $10 per contact hour


The BCEN & Friends podcast—focusing on the intersection of nursing, lifelong learning, culture and lifestyle—will feature entertaining, inspiring, and thought-provoking conversations with authors, innovators and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Nurses treating patients with COVID-19 may find the oxygen and ventilator management CE courses useful. Leadership courses on such topics as employee engagement and revenue cycle basics, while geared to the emergency setting, are applicable across every specialty.

“BCEN’s emergency, trauma and transport credentials are a high distinction, and we want to make sure we provide professional development opportunities for nurses to sustain and advance the robust knowledge base they had when they first sat for their exam,” said Schumaker. For BCEN-certified nurses seeking CE credits for recertification, contact hours earned through BCEN Learn are automatically added to the CE tracker in their BCEN account.

BCEN is an approved continuing education provider (CEP) through the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider Number CEP17490. All state boards of nursing recognize BRN-approved CE providers. For a complete list of BCEN Learn offerings, visit learn.bcen.org.

About BCEN

Throughout 2020, the independent, not-for-profit Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) is celebrating 40 years of robust certification programs fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. Nearly 56,000 BCEN board certifications are currently held by registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in emergency, flight, critical care ground transport, pediatric emergency and trauma nursing. BCEN offers the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications. The CEN, CFRN, CPEN, and TCRN certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). Learn more at bcen.org. Follow BCEN on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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