If you are a current BCEN credential holder in good standing, and are retiring from nursing practice but wish to maintain your certification, you may apply for the retired designation in your specialty area.
Individuals granted retired status may use the appropriate credential CEN® after their name to indicate their status at the time of their retirement from nursing practice and/or teaching.
We encourage you to consider carefully before changing to a retired designation. Retired designees must remain fully retired, no longer employed in nursing practice or teaching. A return to nursing practice or teaching forfeits the retired designation.
To be eligible for the retired designation applicants must:
- Hold a current BCEN certification and have held the BCEN certification for at least 4 consecutive years or one certification term prior to applying
- Hold a current unrestricted RN license, and
- Be retired or planning on retiring from nursing practice including teaching
Registration and Fee
Submit the Retired Designation Application online via your BCEN Account at least 60 days prior to retirement and expiration of your current certification. The fee is $75 for a 4-year term.
Retired designation is considered effective the day of application processing. A certificate of retired designation will be mailed to you, which includes a new certification expiration date. Recertification is required every 4 years.
Continuing Requirements and Recertification
Retired designees must remain fully retired, no longer employed in nursing practice or teaching. If a retired designee returns to nursing practice, including teaching, the retired designation will be forfeited. Retired designees must notify BCEN of any change in employment circumstances that would render the individual ineligible or retired designation (e.g., a return to nursing practice or teaching.)
Retired status designees may not use the designation without the (Ret) suffix, and may not portray themselves as a current BCEN credential holder.
Recertification is required every 4 years based on the new retired designation expiration date.