To help your unit develop a strong Beacon application, review the resources and tools on this page for additional guidance and instructions.

For a brief overview of the AACN Beacon Award for Excellence, download a program information sheet.

The Beacon Award for Excellence Handbook is a step-by-step guide to assist you through the entire Beacon application process. For easy reference, we have provided links to sections of the Handbook you may use often while developing your application.

For examples of criteria responses review a mock application that may assist in developing your application.

Read Frequently Asked Questions on developing your application and the submission, scoring and award process.