Beginning in 2024, we will revise and update the Beacon Award recognition program and application process. For units currently working on Beacon applications or considering to apply, please note the following important dates:
Additional details about the updated Beacon program will be provided in May 2023.
A Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. The process can be driven by the nursing staff; nurturing empowerment and leadership.
1Read the entire handbook. Be sure to understand key terms and review the scoring guidelines. The Beacon Award audit tool, mock application and other resources can prepare you to begin your journey.
2Prepare your application using the Beacon Award application following AACN’s application writing guidelines (Part I).
3Once you have written your application (Part I), begin the online submission process (Part II). You do not need to be a member to apply.
Download and save the Beacon Award application. You must respond to all of the criteria questions using this document.
The handbook is the complete resource, including a step-by-step guide to assist you through the entire Beacon application process.
Attend a video conference call with a Beacon Team member to explain the Beacon process and gain an understanding of how Beacon can benefit your unit and hospital.