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Awards & Recognition
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Hero
Congratulations to Laura M. Hernandez, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CPN for her nomination as a “Health Care Hero”for her enduring commitment and dedication to excellence throughout the community and the nursing profession!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MCH CRITICAL CARE TEAMS!
Bing Wood, DNP, ARNP Administrative Director of Critical Care
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have received a Gold Beacon award for excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). In addition, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) received a Silver level distinction.
MCH critical care departments (PICU & NICU) are first in Florida to achieve this distinction of Gold level Beacon award. NICU is 2nd in the nation to receive the Gold level. "This recognition demonstrates the commitment of our outstanding staff in advancing care excellence and optimal outcomes," said Jackie Gonzalez MSN, ARNP, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and CNO at Miami Children's Hospital. "We are delighted to be recognized for this tremendous achievement as it speaks to our dedication to the families in our care."
For patients and families, the Beacon award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. The gold award is the highest recognition level which demonstrates excellence in unit performance and patient outcomes.
The AACN created the Beacon awards to recognize hospital nursing units that improve every facet of patient care. For the critical-care nurses, a Beacon award signifies a positive and supportive work environment as well as great collaboration between colleagues and leaders.
The Beacon Award Criteria
In 2010, AACN updated the criteria for the Beacon Award for Excellence. The award continues to incorporate:
• Leadership Structures and Systems.
• Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement.
• Effective Communication.
• Knowledge Management and Best Practices.
• Evidence-based Practice and Processes.
• Patient Outcomes.
Units that apply for Beacon Award recognition set the standard for excellence in acute and critical care environments by collecting evidence-based information. Patient safety and quality programs, such as the Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, regard the Beacon Award as a significant achievement in their evaluation process
In 2010, the nursing leadership of the Critical Care set their goals to achieve a Beacon award. The journey was long and challenging. Major efforts were focused on establishing standardized guidelines and protocol to drive and sustain the patient quality outcomes. With collaboration from all of the ICU’s, the team met weekly to write the documents. Evidence-based practice and processes were translated to bedside practice and hardwired to further sustain results. The leadership engaged staff to drive many of the initiatives.
Several staff led initiatives include raising funds so some staff can have an opportunity to attend the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) conference, an annual AACN conference to further increase their knowledge on patient management and best practice. The revenue of this initiatives resulted in sending 2-3 staff to attend conferences such as NTI.
The critical care units PICU, NICU & CICU have shown the way, setting an example that serves as a beacon for other departments, hospital and healthcare facilities to use, navigating the rough waters of critical care nursing. This national award recognizes our critical care team for achieving the highest outcomes and for being a beacon of light, an inspiration, to other departments and critical care in the country. There are only 6 hospitals, 13 critical care units in the country that have received the Gold level award.
PNCB's 2012 CPN® Certification Advocate Award Recipients
GAITHERSBURG, MD (May 16, 2012) – The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Inc. (PNCB) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) Certification Advocate Award. Congratulations to Jean Buckley, RN, CPN of Miami Children’s Hospital, for going above and beyond to encourage RNs to seek certification. The PNCB presented Jean Buckley with her award during the 2012 Society of Pediatric Nurses Conference Awards Luncheon in Houston, Texas.
Congratulations to the Miami Children's Hospital team who was the overall poster winner at the 2011 NACHRI Annual Leadership Conference and Meeting.
Miami Childrens Hospital Poster Entry Presenters:
- Mirtha Gonzalez, MSN, ARNP, Director, NICU and 2 North
- Deborah Salani, ARNP, MSN, Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Maria Lina "Bing" Wood, ARNP, MSN, Administrative Director of Critical Care Services
Miami Children's Hospital is a proud recipient of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
. The award is specifically designated to recognize the nation’s top pediatric, progressive, and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. The recognition itself is priceless, as it represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.
As a Beacon Award recipient, Miami Children's Hospital succeeded in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based national criteria:
Recruitment and retention
Education, training and mentoring
Research and evidence-based practice
Leadership and organization ethics