Caregivers recognized for improving patient outcomes, meeting high standards.
By David Ong, UC Davis
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.
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 earn this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
AACN President Vicki Good praised the commitment of the caregivers at the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.
“These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care,” Good said. “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.”
The bronze-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center signifies success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes.
The Burn Center earned a bronze 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 silver and gold. Recipients who earn a silver-level award demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care; gold-level awardees demonstrate excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes.
The Burn Center’s Beacon Award for Excellence recipients will be published in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.