Morristown (N.J.) Medical Centers cardiac telemetry unit has received its first Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
The unit, called Gagnon A, received a silver-level Beacon, according to a news release. The unit is housed in the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, a 200,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, said in the release. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”
The Beacon Award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACNs standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
The Gagnon A unit achieved its silver award by meeting evidence-based criteria in leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes.