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UF Health Shands Hospital inpatient unit in Gainesville earns gold-level Beacon Award

Monday February 24, 2014
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A University of Florida Health Shands Hospital inpatient unit in Gainesville has received a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, according to a news release.

“Each and every staff member plays an integral part in making our unit excellent,” said Colleen Counsell, RN, MSN, CCRN, the 5 West nurse manager. “This award signifies the teamwork present on our floor. From working together to enhance patient satisfaction to supporting each other, our staff goes above and beyond to make our unit gold.”

This is the first time a medical-surgical unit at UF Health Shands Hospital has received the gold-level nursing honor. The 5 West Trauma/Lung Transplant Unit is one of only five gold-level winners among 20 current Beacon Award units in Florida and the only medical-surgical unit in North Central Florida with this distinction.

The AACN also honored the hospital’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit with a bronze-level Beacon Award — making it the first PACU in the nation to receive a Beacon Award.

Beacon Awards are three-year honors. Five UF Health Shands nursing units currently are Beacon awardees — equal to 20 percent of all awardees in the state, according to the release. The awards are given to nursing teams that successfully improve patient outcomes and meet criteria consistent with American Nursing Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.


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