CPEN® Certification to be Solely Owned by BCEN



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PNCB and BCEN Mutually Agree to Dissolve Joint Ownership


Naperville, IL (July 1, 2016) – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) announced today that their respective boards of directors have mutually agreed to dissolve PNCB-BCEN joint ownership of the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential.

Effective June 30, 2016, BCEN has acquired sole ownership of the CPEN program to include the management of all exam and recertification processes.

Service to CPEN exam candidates and current CPENs will not be impacted by this transition and the CPEN credential will remain valid for all actively certified CPENs.

“The joint effort of this partnership, which began in 2008, resulted in the highly successful launch and subsequent accreditation of the CPEN exam,” remarked PNCB Chair Nicole Telhiard, DNP, RN, CPN, NE-BC. “We look forward to seeing continued growth under the BCEN leadership.”

“BCEN and PNCB have worked together from the time this specialty nursing certification was first conceived through to the current success of the CPEN exam. We are grateful for their valuable contributions,” stated BCEN Chair Mary Whelan, MSN, RN, CEN. “BCEN is fully committed to being a good steward of the CPEN exam and to furthering the growth of the CPEN program.”

For questions, please contact bcen@bcen.org.


About the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

The 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 47,000 BCEN 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 the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications. The CEN, CFRN, and CPEN certifications are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certifications. Follow BCEN on Facebook and LinkedIn.


About PNCB
Established in 1975, PNCB is a not-for-profit corporation and the largest pediatric nursing certification organization in the country. Today, more than 39,000 PNCB certifications are held by pediatric nurses and nurse practitioners. For more information, visit the PNCB website at http://www.pncb.org.


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