The Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) has earned a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). This three-year award recognizes Hasbro Children’s Hospital for meeting or exceeding national quality standards for improved patient outcomes and for a healthy work environment. The hospital’s PICU is one of only 21 in the U.S., there are 337 nationally, and one of only three in New England to hold this designation.
“This Beacon Award is evidence of the hard work, professionalism and quality patient care that all of our PICU staff work so tirelessly to achieve every day,” said Myra Edens, RN, MSN, administrative director of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Achieving this designation means that our most critically ill patients and families are receiving better care, improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction, which is invaluable in the healing process.”
The silver-level Beacon Award signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The PICU staff earned its silver award by meeting defined criteria within several evidence-based categories:
- Leadership structures and systems
- Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
- Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
- Evidence-based practice and processes
- Outcome measurement
For patients and families, the Beacon Award represents exceptional patient care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For critical care nurses, the award indicates a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.
“Our PICU team worked seamlessly together to review unit outcome data and processes, and created a comprehensive view of the work that is done every day in this unit,” said Lisa Paolino, RN, BSN, clinical manager of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital PICU. “This designation reflects the excellence we achieve working together as a team, and it is beyond rewarding to know what a positive impact we have had on our young patients.”
AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauded the commitment of the caregivers at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital PICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. “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,” said Good.
Nursing units awarded 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.
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.