ROSWELL, Georgia. (PRWEB) August 08, 2013
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Critical Care Unit at North Fulton Hospital, Roswell, Georgia.
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.
AACN President Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the Critical Care Unit at North Fulton Hospital 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 explains.
The 62 nurses in North Fulton Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, along with hospital administration and other staff members, began the process of improving the unit’s processes and practices in the fall of 2011. In December of 2012, the final documentation was submitted for a seven month review period.
“We are so proud to be one of the few Beacon units in Atlanta,” said Debbie Keel, North Fulton Hospital’s CEO. “Our nurses and staff strive to provide th
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