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Maintaining CEN certificate

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I obtained my CEN last July of this year and looked over the BCEN website for requirements for maintaining the CEN certificate. Here's a copy paste directly from the site:

"CEs should have a clear and direct application to the practice of emergency, pediatric emergency, flight/transport, or trauma nursing.

100 completed contact hours earned within your 4-year recertification period must be submitted:

  • 75 of the 100 contact hours must be of CLINICAL content in your specialty area or practice, and up to 25 may be of Non-clinical content. It is acceptable to have more than 75 contact hours of clinical content.
  • 50 of the 100 contact hours must be from accredited sources.

CEs earned through 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)."

My question is:

Are the CE's I obtain from AACN for my CCRN/CMC/CSC acceptable for renewal of my CEN?

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If those CEs pertain to the areas you quoted, then yes. It is very common to "double-dip" between board certs to maintain them, just as long as they cover the correct subject matter.

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I maintain both CCRN and CEN. I pretty much use the same CEU's for both with a few extra's that are specific to both. The majority come from critical care. I take full advantage of the free CEU's from AACN. Alternate conferenes.

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So would it be safe to say any CE's, for example, that pertain to ex. heart failure, Afib, antiarrythmics, etc can count towards the CEN, and topics such as Impellas, balloon pumps, LVADs, post CABG managements, etc, cannot?

I just don't want to fall short when the time comes to renew my CEN, and I also do not want to "over do it" so to speak.

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