The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) created the Beacon Award to recognize individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.

Congratulations on achieving a Beacon Award for Excellence. This accomplishment represents one of many significant milestones on your unit's path to optimal outcomes and exceptional care for patients and their families.

We have selected special items for purchase to recognize your staff and contributors to your Beacon Award application.
Get free logos and sample press release to promote your unit's accomplishment.
Read your executive summary and feedback comments, and order your plaque.

Social Media Toolkit

We'll recognize your unit’s success on Facebook and other social media if you send a photo of your unit celebrating Beacon. Send one or two photos to using the specifications below:
  • 1Recent photo

  • 2Group featuring unit members representative of your nursing staff who participated in the Beacon journey

  • 3Bright/good lighting

  • 4Crisp and clear

  • 5Horizontal photo (as opposed to vertical or square)

  • 6Everyone smiling and enthusiastic!

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