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D'Youville Trauma Nurse at Erie County Medical Center Receives Special Certification

Buffalo, New York – March 8, 2016 – The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) has recognized D’Youville grad Linda Schwab, MS/RN, as a Trauma Certified Registered Nurse, becoming one of the first in the nation to take and pass the new exam to earn this credential through the BCEN.

She is the Erie County Medical Center Trauma Program Manager and has served in various clinical positions during her 35 years at ECMC. She works regionally and in collaboration with statewide committees to establish trends in the incidence or traumatic accidents and to implement research-based practice changes in trauma care and public health policy. She is extensively involved in outreach education for injury prevention.

According to the BCEN, “The certification exam incorporates the body of knowledge in trauma nursing across the continuum of care, from injury prevention through reintegration to home.  “To qualify for the exam, one must hold either a current unrestricted Registered Nurse License… or a nursing certificate equivalent to an RN in the United States.” BCEN also recommends an average of 1,000 practice hours per year across the trauma care continuum over a two-year period before taking the exam.

Schwab was honored in 2007 by the New York State Chapter of the American Trauma Society as the Trauma Coordinator of Distinction for the State.

She earned her Master of Nursing degree in 2004 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981.

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