Emergency Nursing Expertise and Career Success Linked to CEN Certification in Large-Scale Study

This major study, which is the first of its kind for the emergency nursing profession, clearly demonstrates both the significance and the value of the CEN certification.

Emergency nursing expertise, skill set, and career success are significantly and positively linked to the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification according to a large-scale study announced today by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN). The value of certification study, conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) in late 2016 and early 2017, included responses from over 8,800 certified and non-certified ER nurses and over 1,000 supervisors of ER nurses.

“This major study, which is the first of its kind for the emergency nursing profession, clearly demonstrates both the significance and the value of the CEN. We are grateful to the thousands of nurses across the country who participated in the study and allowed us to hear their voice,” said Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing Interim Director Janie Schumaker, RN, CEN. “The study shows that CEN-certified nurses perform better than their non-certified peers, elevate the practice of nursing, and feel more empowered with their work.”

The study looked at outcomes of value to individual nurses including annual pay, level of career, nursing self-efficacy, empowerment, employability, career satisfaction and benefits of the CEN certification. The study also examined the importance to employers of having CEN-certified nurses and the value of greater nursing expertise and technical performance.

Among outcomes considered valuable to employers, the study found significant positive relationships between CEN certification and multiple aspects of technical performance, accuracy and ethical behavior, such as:

  •     Performs patient care with a high degree of accuracy.
  •     Efficiently and effectively performs the key technical aspects of his/her job within the healthcare team.
  •     Anticipates hazards and promotes safety in patient care.
  •     Remains current on new technical developments related to his/her job.
  •     Exhibits ethical behavior and concern for accuracy and truthfulness of information.

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