Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) Receives Reaccreditation of its Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) Certification Program from the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification

Mt Laurel, NJ, January 7, 2020 —The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce that the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) has been granted reaccreditation for the Certified Pediatric Registered (CPEN) certification program.

                The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute significantly to patient care, safety and outcomes. Founded in 1980, BCEN certifies registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in emergency, pediatric emergency, flight, critical care ground transport and trauma care. Over 54,200 BCEN certifications are currently held and more than 5,200 RN’s currently hold the CPEN credential.

                “BCEN is very pleased to receive reaccreditation status from ABSNC. We hold our exams to the highest professional standards and accreditation is an extremely important piece of our work”, said Janie Schumaker, MBA, RN, CEN, CPHQ, CENP, FABC, BCEN Executive Director.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439-9080).