What's New With the Beacon Award for Excellence?
In 2010, AACN updated the criteria for the Beacon Award for Excellence. The Beacon Award for Excellence continues to incorporate:
- Leadership Structures and Systems.
- Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement.
- Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development and Best Practices.
- Evidence-based Practice and Processes.
- Outcome Measurement.
Here are the Changes
- Open to all units: Any hospital unit (wherever a patient receives principal nursing care after hospital admission) that meets evidence-based standards of excellence and patient safety can apply.
- In the past, only adult and pediatric critical care units and progressive care units were eligible.
- Status change: The Beacon Award will include three levels so that a unit can chart its excellence journey over time.
- Bronze, silver and gold recipients receive a three-year designation.
- Multiple program criteria: New criteria align closely with those of other programs — such as the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, Magnet Recognition Program, the AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards and the National Quality Forum Safe Practices for Better Healthcare — making it easier when a hospital applies for multiple national recognition programs.
- Review process: Applications are assigned to a panel of expert reviewers, trained in the criteria.
- All of the information submitted in the application is completely confidential.
- Every application receives a summary review with recommendations.
- Please refer to the Scoring Guidelines in the Beacon handbook.