The Emergency Nurses Association announced that four U.S. EDs were awarded the Lantern Award. The award recognizes emergency departments that “exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research,” according to a news release.
Symbol of excellence
The Lantern Award is a symbol of an ED’s commitment to quality, safety, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into exceptional emergency care, according to the release.
2015 Lantern Award recipients are:
• Boston Children’s Hospital ED (Boston)
• Inova Loudoun ED (Leesburg, Va.)
• Pennsylvania Hospital ED – Penn Medicine (Philadelphia)
• Swedish Medical Center ED – HCA-HealthONE (Englewood, Colo.)
“Congratulations to our 2015 Lantern Award recipients for their commitment to emergency nursing excellence,” ENA President Matthew F. Powers, BSN, MS, RN, MICP, CEN, said in the release. “The Lantern Award application and review process is rigorous, as we’re looking for the highest level of performance in emergency departments. These emergency departments go above and beyond to ensure quality safe practice and care.”
EDs that apply for the award submit detailed performance metrics, narratives and exemplar responses. A team of reviewers evaluates the submissions through a blinded review process. The Lantern Award designation is valid for three years.
Recipients will be recognized Oct. 3 at ENA’s Annual Awards Gala during Emergency Nursing 2015, an annual leadership conference in Orlando, Fla.
The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she worked deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers, according to the release.
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