Nurses at Carolina Pines Receive CEN Certification

Shannon McPherson and Edie Campbell recently passed the the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) exam. Both women work as RNs in the Emergency Department at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.

Fulfilling your purpose in life spurs many individuals to strive towards excellence. Two Emergency Department registered nurses at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center were inspired to learn more. Shannon McPherson and Edie Campbell both recently passed the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) exam and Frank Munn, Director of Emergency Services of Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center couldn’t be more proud.

“We have highly qualified, great nurses working in the ED,” said Munn. “The CEN certification is another excellent example of our staff.”

Shannon McPherson started her career as an RN 21 years ago in the ER at the old Byerly Hospital and has been at Carolina Pines since it opened in 1999.

“I enjoy making a difference and helping people at their worst times,” she said. “And I enjoy being a resource for the younger people that come behind me. This hospital does a great job for the community, and I think we all do a great job. We need to know what an asset this is to our community.”

“Shannon is a true clinical cornerstone in our Emergency Department,” shared Munn. “From beginning her career in the Byerly Emergency Room and now helping to train and educate our current staff at Carolina Pines as the ED Educator. Her experience and knowledge is sought by all nurses across the continuum of care. Shannon participates on committees to help set policies and direct patient care, ensuring the highest possible quality outcomes at all times. She continues to make a huge impact in the Emergency Department setting an example for our nurses to follow. I, too, often seek her advice when designing patient processes within the department.”

Edie Campell has been with Carolina Pines for 14 years, since she graduated from nursing school.
“I started in the ER, moved to what is now known as Acute Care Services now – called 2nd Medical at the time, then to the ICU,” she said. “Then I came back to the ER in 2009. I have been here ever since.”
Edie, like Shannon, feels that this profession is her passion.

“I like taking care of people and being a helping hand for them when it is their worst day of their life…sharing a compassionate shoulder- that is the most rewarding part of my job.”

“Edie is a trail setter and leads by example,” said Munn. “She was the first nurse in many years to earn her CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse). She works as the Assistant Director within the department and is a great resource for our patients and staff with her clinical knowledge and years of bedside experience. Her dedication and leadership to the Emergency Department is felt throughout the facility and community with her tireless efforts to ensure the department runs as smooth as possible even during critical times.”

According to certification corporation BCEN®, the distinction of Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) elevates the professional standards; enhances individual performance; and demonstrates the knowledge essential to the specialty of emergency nursing care, associated specialties and subspecialties. The number of candidates who sat for the CEN exam in 2016 was 6,776 and only 4,156 passed.

Author: Duane Childers

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