The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Covenant Health was recently recognized by The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) with a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. The award recognizes unit caregivers who align practices with AACN's six Healthy Work Environment Standards and improve patient outcomes.
AACN President Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, congratulates the unit for meeting and exceeding the high standards set forth and working together to achieve success.
"The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care," Stahl explains.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit received the silver-level award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices, Leadership Structures and Systems, Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement, Evidence-Based Practice and Processes, and Patient Outcomes.
"It is significant because there are currently only 10 pediatric units in the United States and Canada that have this designation. We are the first in Texas, "Covenant Health Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager Brandy Pitts said. "We have been working on the criteria for two years and submitted the application in November."
The Covenant Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is both excited and proud of the recognition given by the AACN for nursing excellence. The AACN will honor units that received the award at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition and in the magazine AACN Bold Voices.