Independent nursing certification organisation the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) has announced the appointment of its new board of directors for 2022 and 2023. The appointees will serve on the board on a volunteer basis for two years.
The organisation has appointed Rebecca Steinmann as the board’s new Chairperson, replacing previous incumbent Kyle Madigan. Steinmann is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nursing Professional Development Practitioner, who has served in the emergency department of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for over 10 years.
Madigan will be retained on the board as its Immediate Past Chairperson.
Steinmann is accompanied by BCEN’s new Chairperson-Elect, Allan C Wolfe. Wolfe has been Senior Director of Education for air medical transport company Life Link III since 2020, and previously worked as Director of Clinical Education for Colorado-based HEMS provider Air Methods for ten years.
Other appointments include the board’s new Public Representative, Leigh Ann Yates, who also serves as a senior consultant for Hallmark Financial Services, Fort Worth, Texas, and new Secretary and Treasurer, Julie Ruddy, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The board also appointed several new Members-at-large
New Members-at-large include Sean M Elwell, the Director for Trauma, Transport and Emergency Services at Nemours Childrens’ Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware; Steven Talbot, Trauma Programme Manager at Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, Texas; Roger Casey, a Charge Nurse at Kadlec Freestanding Emergency Department in Kennewick, Washington; Brody Eick, a Critical Care Supplemental Staffing and Emergency Department/Trauma-Surgical ICU Travel Nurse from California.
According to BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker: “BCEN certifications are marks of distinction for adult and pediatric emergency, flight, critical care ground transport and trauma RNs that demonstrate an exceptional dedication to excellence and validate specialty knowledge and experience for patients and families. These board members lead the emergency nursing industry as experts, and we look forward to working with them.”
BCEN also recognized the service of its outgoing board members – in particular, Lorie Ledford, who served on the board for 10 years, including as one of the board’s previous Chairs; Andrew Veitch, who served for six years; and Robert Corrao, who served as the board’s Public Representative for six years.