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Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children earns Beacon Award


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognized the PICU at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., with the Beacon Award for Excellence. The award is given to nursing units in acute care hospitals who excel at providing exceptional patient care and maintaining a healthy work environment, according to a news release.

Specifically, AACN recognized the PICU for focusing on nursing practices that ensure patient safety, including the reduction of medication errors and hospital-acquired infections, and effective pain management in pediatric patients. Also recognized were the nurse-led implementation of a pediatric palliative care program and efforts aimed at improving the work environment, including enhanced communication between physicians and nurses.

The PICU at Arnold Palmer Hospital provides family and child-centered surroundings for critically ill and injured children suffering from trauma, severe infections, gastrointestinal issues and major surgery. “Our PICU team works tirelessly to ensure we’re creating an environment that promotes teamwork and healing,” Jodi McDuffie, RN, MSN, MHA, CCRN, nurse operations manager for the Arnold Palmer Hospital PICU said in a news release. “The Beacon Award is special to us because it’s validation from our peers at hospitals around the country.”


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