(Photos courtesy of St. Francis Hospital)
According to the AACN website, the MICU 2 and surgical ICU both earned the honor in 2013. The St. Francis cardiothoracic ICU achieved the honor in 2012.
The award recognizes the benefits of the hospitalís evidence-based practice on patients and the community.
The award is given for a three-year period at gold, silver and bronze levels. Beacon criteria include: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication; knowledge management and best practices; evidence-based practice and processes; and patient outcomes, according to the AACN.
According to the AACNís website, St. Francis is now home to three of New York Stateís 12 Beacon units.
Recipients of a gold-level Beacon Award demonstrate excellence in sustained unit performance and patient outcomes, according to the AACN.
St. Francis has maintained its Magnet status for two consecutive periods, and maintains its Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke care, according to a hospital news release.
Warlita Barcelona Au, RN, BSN, CCRN, contributed to this report.
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