A Community of Exceptional Nurses
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) created the Beacon Award for Excellence (Beacon Award) to recognize individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. You are taking an important first step on this journey by pursuing a Beacon Award.
To successfully complete the Beacon Award application, please do the following:
To submit a completed Beacon Award application you must do the following:
Develop the narrative section (part I) of your Beacon Award for Excellence application. Save the narrative section as a Microsoft Word document on your computer. Refer to the guidelines and instructions and formatting example before developing the narrative.
Once the narrative is complete (part I), begin the online submission process (part II) and login with your member or customer ID number. Once you have signed in, you will be taken to step one of seven in the online submission process.
Caution: The online submission process must be completed in one session from start to finish. Do not start the online submission process until you have the demographic information listed below* and your Beacon Award narrative is complete. The online submission process should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
There are seven steps in the online submission process:
*During the online submission process, you will be asked for the following data about your hospital and unit. We collect this information to better understand the environment of applicants and make comparisons between groups. Be sure to obtain the information specified below before you start the online submission.
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