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Columbia cardiac cath lab becomes nation’s first to achieve Beacon Award

Nurses in the cardiac catheterization/electrophysiology lab at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center recently became national trailblazers.

The unit achieved a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, which confirmed that it is the first unit of its kind in the nation to achieve the honor.

“To have my department acknowledged for the excellent work and patient care provided every day is such a wonderful achievement,” Kristin A. Tuozzo, RN-BC, MSN, clinical nurse coordinator, said of the award. “Knowing that we are the first cardiac catheterization/electrophysiology department to be awarded Beacon is the icing on the cake of a huge honor.”

Alcina Fonseca, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, NE-BC, patient care director, said applying for the award first came up in August 2013. The application was submitted four months later, after nurses helped to collect data and communicate the unit’s accomplishments and goals.

“This was an excellent way to demonstrate to the staff what a great job they are doing and where we need to focus to be a high reliability unit that focuses on excellence,” Fonseca said.

“It is an honor to get the Beacon,” staff nurse Maria E. Mamuri, RN, said. “We strive hard to accomplish our goals. It feels great to be recognized. More power to the nurses.”

According to AACN, critical-care nurses can benefit from Beacon recognition because it demonstrates a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.

“The Beacon Award further validates the hard work and dedication of all the staff,” staff nurse Dionysius Tejero, RN, said. “It makes me very proud that I work in an amazing and innovative place that always strives for excellence.” The Beacon designation is active for three years, and Beacons are awarded at gold, silver and bronze levels.

“This is a validation of the quality work and dedication done by nursing staff, physicians and leadership,” staff nurse Maria Antonio, RN, said. “Next time, we are going for gold.”

By | 2014-05-12T00:00:00-04:00 May 12th, 2014|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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