NEW: RI Hospital Earns Beacon Award For Excellence in Nursing
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
“Receiving the Beacon Award for nursing excellence on a second unit – and being among the first four medical-surgical units in the country to receive this recognition – is truly something our nursing staff should be proud of,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president of Rhode Island Hospital and president and chief executive officer of Lifespan. “This award demonstrates that the American Association of Critical Care Nurses recognizes Rhode Island Hospital’s commitment to excellence, our dedication to providing the highest quality nursing care, and our focus on the patient care experience.”
Making the grade
The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The unit staff earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
- Leadership structures and Systems
- Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
- Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development
- Evidence-based practice and processes
- Outcome measurement
“The nursing staff at Rhode Island Hospital are dedicated professionals who strive every day to provide the best possible medical care to our patients, and support for their families,” said Barbara Riley, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Rhode Island Hospital’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “We are honored to be among the first medical-surgical units in the country to receive this award, and appreciate the AACN’s recognition of nursing excellence.”
AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauded the commitment of the caregivers at Rhode Island Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated health care professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.
“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,” Good explained.
What the award means
Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
The AACN now allows any hospital unit on which a patient receives principal nursing care after hospital admission to apply for the Beacon Award. In the past, only adult and pediatric critical care units and progressive care units were eligible. The award includes three levels so that a unit can chart its excellence journey over time. Bronze, silver and gold recipients receive a three-year designation.
About Rhode Island Hospital
Founded in 1863, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., is a private, not-for-profit hospital and is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A major trauma center for southeastern New England, the hospital is dedicated to being on the cutting edge of medicine and research. Last year, Rhode Island Hospital received more than $55 million in external research funding. It is also home to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the state’s only facility dedicated to pediatric care.
About the Beacon Award
Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. or Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award.
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