National award designation marks milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif.,
recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Covenant Children’s.
The Beacon Award for Excellence, a significant milestone on the path to
exceptional patient care and healthy work environments, recognizes unit
caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices
with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve
this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations
meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
“This prestigious designation is a tribute to our Pediatric ICU team
for their continuous commitment to being in the top tier of excellence
in quality, patient outcomes and a healthy work environment,” said
Shannon Shuttlesworth, PICU nurse manager.
AACN President Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, applauded
the commitment of the caregivers at Covenant Children’s for working
together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon
Award for Excellence.
“These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the
exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient
care,” McQuillan said. “Units that receive this national recognition
serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and
Covenant Children’s earned the gold award by meeting the following
evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
- Leadership Structures and Systems
- Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
- Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
- Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
- Outcome Measurement
Other Beacon Award designations include bronze and silver. Recipients who
earn a bronze-level award demonstrate success in developing, deploying
and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.
About the Beacon Award for Excellence: Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map
to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall
patient satisfaction. U.S. or Canadian units where patients receive their
principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence
award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria
in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing
and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning
and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.
To learn more, visit
www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association
of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization
in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute
and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide.
The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven
by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical
care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit
www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at