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American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes NICU at Saint Peter’s with silver Beacon Award for Excellence


National three-year award with gold, silver, bronze designations marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment

 Silver Beacon Award for ExcellenceNEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., has conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The SaintPeter’s NICU was the only such unit cited in New Jersey for critical care excellence in the delivery of neonatal intensive care nursing. 

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. 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 Beacon Award for Excellence is a testament to the extensive training, expertise and patient-centered care that are the hallmarks of our nurses at Saint Peter’s,” said Ann Marie Tvedt, nurse manager of the Saint Peter’s NICU. “As New Jersey’s largest NICU, Saint Peter’s also strives to be the best. We are appreciative and proud of earning this recognition.

AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauded the commitment of the caregivers at the Saint Peter’s NICU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth 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.

“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,” she explained.

           The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the NICU at Saint Peter’s signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The Saint Peter’s NICU 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
 

Other Beacon Award designations include bronze and gold. Recipients who earned a bronze-level award show success in developing, deploying and integrating unit-based performance criteria for optimal outcomes; gold-level awardees demonstrate excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes.

AACN honors the NICU at Saint Peter’s and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

 

About the Beacon Award for Excellence

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. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call (800) 899-2226.

 

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurse

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.

 

 

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a three-time winner of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Nursing, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s, please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.