American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes Palos Hospital nursing units with Beacon Awards for Excellence
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred two Beacon Awards for Excellence at Palos Hospital: a gold-level award for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses and a bronze-level award for Telemetry nurses. Palos is one of only five hospitals in Illinois to receive a gold level designation from AACN, and one of only three hospitals in the state with both gold and bronze designations.
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.
AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at ICU and Telemetry at Palos Hospital 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.
“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,” she explains.