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Hasbro Children's pediatric ICU receives second Silver Beacon Award

PICU among just 27 pediatric ICUs nationwide to earn Beacon Award from American Association of Critical Care Nurses


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Hasbro Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nursing staff has attained a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The distinction recognizes the hospital's PICU, a 2013 silver-level Beacon designee, for delivering exceptional patient care and achieving healthy work environments. Hasbro Children's PICU is one of 16 pediatric intensive care units from across the country to receive the silver designation for 2017 and the only nursing unit in the state to hold Beacon Award designation.

"The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes our PICU nursing staff who serve as role models for excellent patient and family care," said Myra Edens, RN, MSN, administrative director of Hasbro Children's Hospital. "It signifies continuous learning and a systematic approach for optimizing evidence-based patient care, outcomes and satisfaction."

The Beacon Award honors collaborative units that set the standard for excellence in patient care environments by collecting and using evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction, and credibility among patients. A unit must meet defined criteria to be eligible to receive the Beacon Award.

The PICU staff at Hasbro Children's earned the silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

"It's a thrill to be honored with this designation again," said Lisa Paolino, RN, BSN, clinical manager of the Hasbro Children's Hospital PICU. "This acknowledgement of our team's effective leadership, staffing, communication, and nursing practice -- along with our workplace environment and outcomes -- is a significant milestone. It's recognition of the hard work that has gone into achieving national quality standards for improved patient outcomes and a healthy work environment."

Nursing units achieving this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze 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," said AACN President Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K. "Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care."


About Hasbro Children's Hospital

Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., a part of the Lifespan health care system, is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research and education for Rhode Island and surrounding southeastern New England. A private, not-for-profit institution, it is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Hasbro Children's Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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