Halifax Health Trauma Program Manager Kevin Captain will become one of the first board certified trauma registered nurses in the United States.
In an effort between the Emergency Nurses Association and the Society of Trauma Nurses, the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing has developed a nationally recognized board certification for trauma nurses. Captain was one of eight subject matter experts selected from more than 200 nurses from across the U.S. and Canada to participate in the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing’s Trauma Certified Registered Nurse Passing Point Study in Richmond, Virginia in June.
The TCRN exam’s development required strict techniques in its design, including a passing point study using the Angoff Technique which determined the statistical cut score for the exam. Captain had the opportunity to work with BCEN’s psychometrician, Larry Fabrey, Ph.D., by first taking the exam and then expressing judgment on the level of difficulty for the items within the exam. As a result of his participation in the study, Captain will become one of the first board certified trauma nurses in the country when the BCEN issues the designation this fall.
A paramedic for 16 years and a registered nurse for 12 years, Captain has been a Halifax Health employee since 2010. Prior to joining Halifax Health, he lived in Wisconsin where he worked for Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Theda Clark Medical Center ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center and Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh, Level III Trauma Center.