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The Beacon Award
for Excellence
Angela S. Overman, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Director, Surgery Services

The American Association of
Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
created the Beacon Award for
Excellence to recognize individual
units that have set a path to
excellence in an effort to highlight
units that distinguish themselves
in every facet of patient and
family-centered care.
Recognizing that there are different levels of
excellence, the Beacon Award designation is
stratified into three rankings-gold, silver
and bronze.
The Beacon Award for Excellence is a
significant milestone on the path to
exceptional patient care and healthy work
environments. The award 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 designation meet
national criteria consistent with the Magnet
Recognition Program®, the Malcolm Baldrige

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National Quality Award and the National
Quality Healthcare Award.
Beacon awardees set the standard for
excellence in patient care environments
by collecting and using evidence-based
information to improve patient outcomes,
patient and staff satisfaction and credibility
with consumers. In terms of recruitment
and retention, a Beacon Award signifies a
positive and supportive work environment
with greater collaboration between
colleagues and leaders, higher morale
and lower turnover. The process is driven
by the nursing staff, helping to nurture
empowerment and leadership.
The application consists of a series of 38
questions specific to the hospital and unit.
Units who receive the Beacon Award meet
detailed criteria in the following categories:
* Leadership structures and systems
* Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
* Effective communication, knowledge
management and learning development



UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report

A Letter from Dr. Madigan
Magnet® Stories
Transformational Leadership
Structural Empowerment
Exemplary Professional Practice
New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvement
Feature: The Beacon Award for Excellence
Staff Profiles
Rising to the Top
A Helping Hand Through Hard Times
Turning Anxiety into Outcomes
Nursing Staff Recognition Awards
Professional Accomplishments
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - 1
UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - A Letter from Dr. Madigan
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Transformational Leadership
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Structural Empowerment
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Exemplary Professional Practice
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvement
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Feature: The Beacon Award for Excellence
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Rising to the Top
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - A Helping Hand Through Hard Times
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Turning Anxiety into Outcomes
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Nursing Staff Recognition Awards
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UNCH 2018 Nursing Annual Report - Professional Accomplishments
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