BCEN Promotes Amy Grand to Director of Certification and Accreditation

BCEN Promotes Amy Grand to Director of Certification and Accreditation

Grand Also Begins First Term on ABSNC Board of Directors


OAK BROOK, IL (July 8, 2019) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), the benchmark for board certification across the emergency nursing spectrum, is pleased to announce that Amy Grand, MSN, RN, has been promoted to director of certification and accreditation. In this role, Grand will continue to lead and oversee the development and maintenance of BCEN’s nursing specialty certification programs for emergency, transport and trauma nurses.

Also, on July 1, Grand began her first term as a member of the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) board of directors. ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically dedicated to nursing certification and currently accredits certification programs from more than 20 specialty nursing certification organizations.

“Amy’s understanding of the nursing profession and her extensive experience with test development and the development of meaningful credentials ensure that BCEN’s certification programs have high integrity,” said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC.

Since joining BCEN in November 2015 as certification manager, Grand has managed the end-to-end exam development process, including overseeing BCEN’s 75 volunteer subject matter experts, and was instrumental in the initial ABSNC accreditation of BCEN’s TCRN program and the reaccreditation of the CFRN and CPEN programs. Before joining BCEN, Grand worked for Pearson VUE in Chicago for nearly 12 years, most recently as a principal content developer. Throughout her Pearson VUE tenure, she worked with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on the National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX-RN and NCLEX- PN). Prior to that, Grand was a surgical ICU/cardiothoracic ICU nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

“My goal is to ensure that BCEN certifications reflect and convey the excellence and expertise of emergency, pediatric emergency, transport and trauma nurses practicing at the top of their profession,” said Amy Grand, MSN, RN, director of certification and accreditation, BCEN. “I particularly appreciate the opportunity to work with our outstanding volunteer exam committee and item writer experts, engage with our certificants and candidates, and play an active role in the credentialing community.”

Grand holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Medical Surgical Nursing from the University of Michigan, and she has completed the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Credentialing Specialist Certificate program. Grand works from BCEN’s Oak Brook headquarters and from West Bloomfield, Michigan, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.


About BCEN

The independent, nonprofit Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) develops robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. Over 52,000 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), the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certifications. Learn more at bcen.org. Follow BCEN on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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