Emergency and Trauma


FAEN - Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing is given to nurses making significant contributions to the evolving field emergency nursing. The Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN) was established by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and bestows this prestigious credential.

According to the ENA:

The Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN) was established by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Board of Directors on September 28, 2004. To date, 82 outstanding emergency nurses have been inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing and proudly list FAEN as one of their professional credentials.

The purpose of the Academy of Emergency Nursing is to honor emergency nurses (1) who have made enduring and substantial contributions that facilitated the advancement of the emergency nursing profession in education, practice, research, leadership, and/or public policy; (2) who advanced the profession of emergency nursing, including the health care system in which emergency nursing is delivered; and (3) who provide visionary leadership for the Emergency Nurses Association and the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

The Academy of Emergency Nursing is constituted to honor nurses who have made specific, enduring, substantial, and sustained contributions to the field of emergency nursing; who advance the profession of emergency nursing, including the health care system in which emergency nursing is delivered; and who provide visionary leadership to the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The body of work left by Academy members goes well beyond being an outstanding nurse and a devoted ENA member."

Additional information regarding FAEN and the Academy of Emergency Nursing can be obtained by sending an email to academy@ena.org. 


CEN® - Certified Emergency Nurse is a credential by examination for registered nurses involved in the care of acute and critically ill or injured patients. CEN® was developed and is delivered by the Board of Certification of Emergency Nursing (BCEN®).

Initial eligibility requirements are: 1) Unrestricted licensure and a registered nurse. BCEN recommends a minimum of 2 years as an emergency nurse. The CEN® credential is valid for a period of four years. Certification can be renewed by one of three options: 1) CEN® Renewal Option by Internet Based Testing; 2) Renewal by retaking the CEN® exam; and 3) 100 hours of applicable continuing education.

For detailed information regarding the CEN® certification and exam please consult the BCEN Handbook.

CPEN® - Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse is a credential by examination developed and delivered in collaboration by the BCEN® and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Minimum eligibility requirement are unrestricted RN licensure and a minimum of 1000 hours as a pediatric emergency nurse. Two years of full-time experience is recommended. The CPEN® credential is valid for a period of four years. Certification can be renewed by one of three options: 1) 100 hours of applicable and verifiable CE; 2) 40 hours of CE and 1000 hours nursing practice; and 3) Renewal by retaking CPEN® exam. For complete information please consult the CPEN®  Handbook.

The Board of Certification of Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) also administers the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN® credentials by examination. Information regarding the CFRN® and CTRN® exams can be found under the Critical Care Transport heading.


ENO - Emergency Nursing Orientation is a comprehensive, web-based orientation course authored by ENA, and is linked to corresponding online textbook assignments in Sheehy's Emergency Nursing: Principles and Practice, 5th edition, the authoritative resource in the field. The blended approach is ideally suited for both new and experienced emergency nurses.

This course consists of 43 online modules that incorporate the latest evidence-based practices and cover a wide array of topics, from the legal foundations of emergency care to assessment and end-of-life issues. The course provides detailed information on a full range of trauma emergencies, including head, spinal, thoracic, burns, respiratory, and many more. Emergency Nursing Orientation also offers guidance for intervening for populations with special needs, such as pediatrics, violence and abuse, behavior health, and substance abuse.


ENPC - Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course is a 16 hour course designed for registered nurses. ENPC utilizes multiple teaching modalities including didactic lectures, multi-media, and practical skill stations. Course content includes elements of triage, assessment, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and interventions.

ENPC topics include: ENPC; epidemiology; initial assessment; triage; respiratory distress and failure; shock; vascular access; rhythm disturbances; medication administration; pediatric trauma; pediatric pain assessment and management; child maltreatment; neonates; childhood illnesses; special health care needs; procedural preparation and sedation; poisonings; psychiatric emergencies; crisis intervention; and stabilization and transport. Practical skill stations include: Management of the Ill or Injured Pediatric Patient; Pediatric Clinical Interventions; and Triage.

Participants that successfully complete the written examination and practical skill stations are verified for a period of 4 years. To maintain verification the course must be repeated


TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Course is the basic trauma nursing course from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and is intended for Registered Nurses. According to the ENA, "The purpose of TNCC is to present core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing." TNCC is typically a 16 or 20 hour course focused on the development of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills.

TNCC topics include: TNCC and trauma nursing; epidemiology, biomechanics and mechanisms of injury; initial assessment; airway and ventilation; shock; brain and cranial trauma; ocular, maxillofacial, and neck trauma; thoracic trauma; abdominal trauma; spinal cord and vertebral column trauma; musculoskeletal trauma; surface and burn trauma; special populations: pregnant, pediatric, and older adult trauma patients; disaster management; psychosocial aspects of trauma care; transition of care for the trauma patient; and demonstration of the trauma nursing process station. Skills stations include: Trauma nursing process teaching stations; airway and ventilation interventions teaching stations; spinal protection, helmet removal, and splinting; and physical assessment station.

Successful completion of the written examination and practical skills testing are required for verification. The ENA recommends 6 months of emergency nursing experience. Verification period is 4 years at which time the course is repeated.

CATN - Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing "is an innovative continuing education program which utilizes a case study approach and critical decision-making skills. This 13-hour course combines didactic content with interactive discussions, presented in a flexible format. Upon completion of the course the participant should be able to: Analyze psychophysiologic concepts as they relate to human responses to injury; Integrate the psychophysiologic concepts through case studies; Synthesize the principles of trauma system development, ethical dilemmas, and the application of science to nursing practice with the physiologic concepts to assure a comprehensive approach to the injured patient; and Evaluate the effectiveness of advanced trauma nursing on patient outcome."

CATN topics include: decision making in nursing practice; scientific foundations; ventilation and gas transport; transport and perfusion; pain; consciousness; mobility and sensation; host defense systems; professional practice issues across the trauma continuum; critical decision making in trauma nursing; and trauma care systems.

The ENA recommends a basic trauma nursing course prior to taking CATN.


ATCN - Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses is an advanced trauma course for registered nurses offered by the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN). ATCN focuses on the management of the multiple trauma patient and is taught in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) physician level course ATLS - Advanced Trauma Life Support. Registered Nurses audit the didactic portion of the ATLS curriculum and participate in nurse specific ATCN practical skills and testing stations including: Initial Assessment and Management; Airway and Ventilatory Management; Pediatric Trauma; Hemorrhagic Shock; Musculoskeletal & Spinal Trauma; and Head Trauma.