UC Irvine Health News
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes high-achieving nursing teams
February 07, 2018
Three intensive care units at UC Irvine Medical Center have received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence, a prestigious recognition of caregivers who successfully adhere to the highest standards of acute and critical care nursing.
Bestowed upon UCI’s neurosciences, cardiac care and medical intensive care units by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the award is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments.
“The critical care nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center come to work each day with one goal, to provide our patients with the highest quality care available,” said Pat Patton, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer for UCI Health. “Their dedication goes beyond the bedside to advance a culture in each ICU that seeks continual improvement in patient outcomes and support for families.”
The healthcare professionals at UCI Health join other members of an exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care, said AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K. Units that achieve this three-year designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” Schulman said. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”
Nearly 50 nurses in the three honored UC Irvine Medical Center intensive care units hold advanced specialty certifications, including Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse and Stroke Certified Registered Nurse.
“It is a testament to our nurses’ dedication to their patients and to each other that they seek opportunities improve their knowledge and enhance the care they deliver to the hundreds of patients that …