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‘Stand Tall’ Resources
AACN’s annual theme is a rallying cry that gathers the organization’s mission, vision, core values and strategic direction in a meaningful way. Kristine Peterson, who became AACN president July 1, at the start of AACN’s fiscal year 2011, calls on nurses to “Stand Tall.” This year, AACN introduces Stan Tall, its first theme mascot. Download Stan and learn more. Become Stan’s friend on Facebook.
Beacon Award for Excellence
Starting Nov. 1, any hospital unit that cares for high acuity or critically ill patients can apply for an AACN Beacon Award for Excellence. The revised program aligns closely with award programs such as the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Quality and Magnet Recognition Program, making it easier for hospitals applying for multiple recognition programs to meet requirements for nursing-sensitive patient benchmark data. The new Beacon program includes a streamlined review process to offer timely feedback and recommendations for every application, and bronze-, silver- and gold-level designations to help units track their progress over time.
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