Penn State Hershey unit recognized with award for excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The unit is one of only four in Pennsylvania to receive this recognition. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

The MICU was recognized for promoting an environment that supports actively engaged staff in all areas of unit function. An emphasis on healthy work environment standards is present and collaborative processes promote joint accountability between staff and leadership for practice on the unit. According to the AACN, the unit demonstrates in a multitude of manners that it truly supports the nursing professional practice model: Nursing Excellence Through Empowerment.

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Last Updated January 15, 2014