The Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association is pleased to announce a scholarship program for Massachusetts ENA members. The Phyllis Berg Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to all Massachusetts ENA members and can be used for fees to take the CEN or CPEN Examination, once every four years.

Phyllis Berg RN was an active member of Beacon Chapter and the Massachusetts State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association. Phyllis is remembered not by her short eleven years as a registered nurse but by the difference she made during those years stepping into people’s lives in times of extreme crisis. Phyllis’s professional goal was to become a Certified Emergency Nurse. Massachusetts ENA established the Phyllis Berg Memorial Scholarship for members taking this exam. This voluntary professional credential elevates professional standards and emergency nursing care.

The awarding of scholarships will be based on available funding. The amount of the scholarship will cover the cost of the certification exam and will be prepaid directly to the BCEN once awarded. If your hospital reimburses the RN when they pass the exam, the expectation would be for that RN to refund the monies to the scholarship program.

The scholarship application must be submitted prior to the exam date. You will receive written/ email confirmation of receipt of your application, as well as the date the application will be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed by the Beacon Education Committee every six months. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified by email. You will then need to notify MA state ENA Education Committee Chair of the date of your exam so the check may be sent to BCEN. If for some reason, you do not take the exam, it will be your responsibility to refund the monies to the Phyllis Berg Scholarship Fund c/o MA ENA.

This scholarship is a wonderful benefit from the Massachusetts ENA State Council and Education Committee. We encourage your active participation in this program and Massachusetts ENA. If you have any questions about this program, you may contact Julie Bunn or Mary Martel.

About Phyllis Berg

Phyllis L. Berg RN graduated from Lynn English High School in 1974 and received her Registered Nurse degree from Lawrence Memorial School of Nursing in 2000. She worked at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital for 23 years with 11 years as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department.  Phyllis was an active member within the Massachusetts Emergency Nurses State Council and Beacon ENA Chapter. She was the first recipient of the Rising Star Award from the National Emergency Nurses Association. Phyllis loved emergency nursing and always wanted to obtain her Certified Emergency Nurse. Phyllis lived with a smile on her face and knew how to make everyone around her feel special with her caring personality, warm laughter and strong will to always have fun. She was an example of courage and faith that her family and friends will long remember.

Phyllis passed away, at the age of 54, in her home with her husband and three children by her side on Saturday September 3, 2011 after her brave fight with cancer.