AACN has modified the Beacon Award program to provide units with meaningful comparative data to measure their performance and successes, while continuing to recognize their journey to excellence.
For patients and their families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care in a unit that puts patients first. For nurses, this award can mean a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration, higher morale and lower turnover.
The Beacon Award program comprises three distinct modules: Patient Outcomes, Work Environment and Nursing Workforce. While units must complete all three modules to be eligible for the Beacon Award, a unit may still receive recognition for top-tier performance at the module level even if only one module is completed.
The Beacon Award for Excellence
Who Can Apply?
Why Strive for Beacon
What Is the Value?
Applying for the award gives units the opportunity to showcase how nurses make their optimal contributions through:
The Beacon Award program provides unique recognition and data unlike other award programs because it is unit-based. Through the Beacon journey, units can measure and improve patient outcomes, unit culture, staffing and credibility with consumers - all while keeping hospital resources and the current healthcare environment in mind. AACN’s Beacon Award for Excellence offers units:
In order to provide units with the most current and relevant benchmark data (compiled specifically from units across the country), Beacon is awarded annually. This allows AACN to provide units with a quantifiable comparison of performance against other units that submit module data.
This award is an independent validation of the team’s commitment to serving our patients, our community and each otherChristie Wiles, RN