The 7 East Medical Care Unit at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., received the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for promoting exceptional patient care, coordination, efficiency and a healthy work environment, according to a news release. This was the first year in which acute care units were cited for their achievements by the AACN.
7 East, a 50-bed acute care unit, includes more than 100 RNs among a staff of 160 who provide multidisciplinary care to acute and chronically ill patients, with a focus on a wide variety of patient medical needs, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, metabolic disorders, asthma and other medical disorders.
7 East staff has excelled in providing quality care to our patients, Debbie Freiburg, RN, MS, director for medical nursing and patient and family education program at Children’s National, said in the release. I am proud of each and every one of them for the accomplishments they have achieved. Their hard work has resulted in improved patient care outcomes.
Freiburg pointed to the exceptional leadership of Sarah Carruth, RN, BSN, who put together the application that resulted in the Beacon Award.
7 East was among the first units at Children’s National to pilot LEAN initiatives, a methodology that allows staff to deliver value to patients and their families by eliminating waste and improving workflow. The unit has piloted new processes, adopted several practice changes and improved patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores, according to the release.
One of 7 Easts most recent initiatives is the huddle board, a white-board list that focuses on unit metrics and provides transparency to staff by showing real-time outcomes directly related to care. The board also captures staffing allotment and awareness of daily events, and also offers opportunities for improvements suggested by staff, according to the release.
Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, president of the California-based AACN, applauded the commitment of the caregivers at Children’s 7 East for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set by the Beacon Award for Excellence.
These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care, Good said in the release.