Jessica Evins, Clinical Nurse, Earns Distinguished Award From BCEN

Annual, national award from Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing recognizes excellence

Clinical Nurse Jessica Evins in the emergency room and logo of award
Clinical Nurse Jessica Evins in the emergency room and logo of award

Jessica Evins, a clinical nurse in the pediatric emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, has been recognized by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) with a Distinguished Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) Award.

“I am humbled to receive this award on behalf of all the incredibly smart, hardworking, and dedicated certified nurses in this field,” said Jessica. “This award is a testament to how everyday bedside nursing matters as we pursue excellence in caring for our patients.”

This annual, national award recognizes one top CPEN for exemplifying excellence in their pediatric emergency nursing practice as well as supporting other nurses to earn and maintain board certification in pediatric emergency nursing. BCEN is the benchmark for specialty certification across the emergency spectrum.

“Jessica is an exceptional CPEN and consummate professional, not only with patients but with staff members across multiple disciplines and departments,” said Jessica’s nominator, Tara Doherty, who is also a pediatric emergency nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

In addition to providing high-level quality care to her patients, Jessica educates other nurses, students, and medical staff to give them the tools they need to provide exceptional care. Known as a leader in her department, Jessica created a guidebook for nurses new to pediatric emergency care that features unit-specific tips and comprehensive clinical best practice guidelines, policies, and procedures for pediatric-specific emergencies. Every nurse in her emergency department now gets a copy of the guide, and it’s regularly used for nurses studying for their CPEN credential.

“We’re so pleased to congratulate Jessica on this well-deserved award,” said Vepuka Kauari, director of Nursing and Operations, Emergency Medicine Department, at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Jessica epitomizes CPEN excellence. Her calm and intuitive manner helps her to provide exceptional care to her patients and is part of what makes her a wonderful collaborator with her peers, and all members of the healthcare team.”

Jessica is also certified as a New York SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) nurse, dedicated to providing care for patients who have been sexually assaulted and helping to educate fellow nurses and medical staff on empowering and safe care for this population, according to Tara.

Jessica is one of more than 50,000 registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses worldwide who hold one or more BCEN nursing specialty credentials. She was one of five other nurses honored this year in the field of emergency medicine. Other specialties recognized are emergency, trauma, flight, and critical care ground transport.

“Continuing my education and maintaining my CPEN credential has led to continuous learning and professional development,” said Jessica. “I am passionate about the joys and challenges of caring for the pediatric ED population and hope to share this passion with my colleagues as they also grow.”


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