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What is CEN, or CCRN?

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What’s a CEN or CCRN? What are the benefits of having it, is it worth the extra effort to get it? (I am interested in going into the ED, and had an EMT license previously, but couldnt get a job without experience. ) Do you have to recertify every year? Is there an additional course or formal in school training required? Please feel free to add any other info that may be important, thanks!

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CCRN = Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse

The exams are tough and require a lot of self directed study. Certification is good for 4 years then you must take the test again to re-certify. This is new as in the past you could recertify without re-taking the exam. The advantage of having certification is respect. When people see you are certified they KNOW you are and experienced ER or ICU nurse since those without experince are not allow to test. They also know that to pass the test requires advanced knowlage of critical care nursing. In practical terms I have found that CCRN CEN (I am certified in both) far, far outweight having a BSN when looking for a job.

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1. What does this mean for you? BCEN credential holders that are certified prior to January 1, 2013 will continue to follow the current CE requirements for one renewal term. Upon renewal completion the credential holder must follow the new CE guidelines that require 50 of the 100 contact hours come from accredited sources for all future renewal terms. BCEN credential holders that become certified on January 1, 2013 or later must follow the new CE guidelines that require 50 of the 100 contact hours come from accredited sources.

2. When should I start following the new requirements? In order to ensure that you have enough acceptable CEs at time of renewal start following the new requirements as soon as possible.

3. What’s required? Credential holders can continue to document professional development activities with a clear and direct application to the practice of emergency care nursing earned over a period of four years. Current Requirements: 100 contact hours 75 of the 100 contact hours must be in the CLINICAL category, and up to 25 may be in the OTHER category. New Requirements: 100 contact hours 50 of the 100 contact hours must be from accredited sources, 75 of the 100 contact hours must be in the CLINICAL category, and up to 25 may be in the OTHER category. Note: It is acceptable to have more than 75 of the contact hours in the CLINICAL category. One contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of instruction.

4. About accredited contact hours. A minimum of 50 contact hours must be from accredited sources. The remainder may be from non-accredited activities such as those listed in the following chart. All national accrediting agencies are accepted for your recertification. These include but are not limited to American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and State Nurses Associations/State Boards of Nursing (SNA/SBN).

Effective January 1, 2013

CE Renewal Options How it can apply to your CEN recertification

1. Renewal by CE The following may be used to fulfill the CE option: Minimum of 50 hours from accredited sources

a. Provider Courses


One initial course and one renewal course for each provider may be counted as accredited CE, one time each, during each certification renewal cycle.

Type: Accredited CE

b. Presentations and Lectures

Presentation may count as a one-time accredited CE submission if the course provides accredited CE.

Type: Accredited CE or Non-accredited CE depending on the course

c. Academic Credit

Must have earned a C or higher and content must apply to emergency (CEN) or flight/transport (CFRN/CTRN) nursing from an accredited institution.

Type: Accredited CE

80 hours of precepting are equivalent to 5 contact hours. A maximum of 5 contact hours will be accepted in a renewal cycle. Contact hours will be in the clinical category although they will be non- accredited contact hours.

Type: Non-accredited CE

Publication must be peer-reviewed and content must be specific to emergency (CEN) or flight/transport (CFRN/CTRN) nursing.

*Co-authorship credit is distributed evenly among all authors. Article = 5 hrs

Textbook regardless of page number=50 hrs

Type: Accredited CE

f. Poster Presentations

5 Contact Hours per poster developed. An individual will be allowed to submit a poster only once during the renewal period.

Type: Accredited or Non-accredited CE depending on if the poster has been approved for accredited CE

0.5 Contact Hours per accepted exam item written and a maximum of 5 Contact Hours per year.

Type: Non-accredited CE

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