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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awarded Nemours PICU with the Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence.
The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was recently awarded the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence, the highest achievable designation from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). One of only thirteen children’s hospitals nationally to reach gold, duPont Hospital for Children’s PICU is also the only pediatric facility in the tri-state area to hold this award.
Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence is a national three-year, three-level award. The gold-level designation, achieved by our PICU, is granted to healthcare units that demonstrate excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. These criteria are evaluated based on the AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement.
- The pediatric ICU at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was awarded the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care Nursing (AACN).
- Nationally there are less than 100 Gold level Beacon units and only 13 of these are in children’s hospitals.
- duPont Hospital for Children’s PICU is the only pediatric ICU in the tri-state area to hold this award.
- The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.
"We are honored to join an exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care. This is a remarkable achievement and a true testament to nursing excellence and the inter-professional collaboration of our PICU team."
--Jane Mericle, Chief Nurse Executive, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, MHS-CL, BSN, RN, CENP
"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."
--Karen McQuillan, President, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN