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What’s New with Beacon?. AACN National Teaching Institute May 2010 Washington D.C. Today’s Topics. Brief history of Beacon Beacon changes Criteria Review process Scoring New resources coming soon. A Little History. Established in 2003 42 questions in 6 categories

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What s new with beacon

What’s New with Beacon?

AACN National Teaching Institute May 2010

Washington D.C.


Today s topics
Today’s Topics

  • Brief history of Beacon

  • Beacon changes

    • Criteria

    • Review process

    • Scoring

  • New resources coming soon


A little history
A Little History

  • Established in 2003

  • 42 questions in 6 categories

  • Available for Adult Critical Care, Progressive Care and Pediatric Critical Care only


Beacon award program goals
Beacon Award Program Goals

  • Recognition of unit level excellence in practice and patient outcomes

  • Answer the question “What does an excellent critical care unit look like?”

  • Share best practices from excellent units


Success to date
Success to date

  • 315 units recognized since 2003

  • 127 units recognized this year

  • 52 units multiple winners


What we ve learned
What We’ve Learned

  • Beacon award aligns with other nationally recognized quality programs

    • Baldrige

    • Magnet

    • National Quality Forum (NQF)

    • AACN Standards for Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment


What we ve learned1
What We’ve Learned

  • Blind review didn’t provide sufficient context for evaluation

  • Review cycle too long

  • We need to be able to share best practices among units


What s the same
What’s the Same?

  • Web-based application and feedback process

  • 360 degree evaluation of your unit

  • Independent review by trained reviewers

  • Tools and resources available on the Beacon website


What s different
What’s Different

  • Award extended from 1 to 3 years

  • Eliminated steps in the process – no more requests for additional information

  • Focus on “how”


What s different1
What’s Different

  • Evaluation changed from “meets, does not meet, exceeds” to numerical scoring to allow units to measure improvement over time

  • Implemented 3 levels of award – bronze, silver and gold


What s better
What’s Better

  • Added unit profile to fully describe the relationships and structure of your unit

  • Expanded criteria to allow any unit where patients receive their principle nursing care after admission to apply

  • Addition of Executive Summary to feedback




Unit profile
Unit Profile

  • Key characteristics that define your work group, unit or microsystem


Leadership structures systems
Leadership Structures & Systems

  • How unit leaders ensure a healthy work environment that delivers the best care for patients and families

  • 150 points


Appropriate staffing staff engagement
Appropriate Staffing & Staff Engagement

  • How the unit engages, manages and develops staff?

  • 100 points


Effective communication knowledge management best practices
Effective Communication, Knowledge Management & Best Practices

  • How the unit ensures effective communication, staff competency and management of knowledge sharing

  • 100 points


Evidence based practice and processes
Evidence-based Practice Practicesand Processes

  • How staff are engaged to achieve better patient outcomes, improve processes and stay current with evidence-based practice and research

  • 200 points


Patient outcomes
Patient Outcomes Practices

  • The unit’s key nurse-sensitive patient outcome measures and results

  • 450 points


Application review process
Application & Review Process Practices

  • On-line application submission and payment process

    • $1,500 for 3 year designation

  • 38 questions in 6 areas

  • Text and charts


Application review process1
Application & Review Process Practices

  • Independent review & score

  • Senior review

    • Executive summary

    • Final score

  • Feedback report


Award levels
Award Levels Practices


Scoring
Scoring Practices

  • Unit will receive a score for each area

    • Leadership Structures & Systems

    • Appropriate Staffing & Staff Engagement

    • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management & Best Practices

    • Evidence-based Practices & Processes

    • Patient Outcomes


Scoring1
Scoring Practices

  • Category scores will be multiplied by the total number of points available for that category

    Example - Leadership

    150 points * 60% score = 90 points


Scoring2

Leadership Practices

Staffing

Communication

Evidence-based practice

Patient outcomes

Total Points

150 * 50% = 75

100 * 65% = 65

100 * 55% = 55

200 * 60% = 120

450 * 40% = 180

495

Scoring


Resources
Resources Practices

  • Beacon Criteria Brochure – May

  • Beacon Audit Tool - May

  • Applying for the Beacon Award for Excellence Webinar – July


Next steps
Next Steps Practices

  • Read the entire application booklet

  • Review the scoring system

  • Understand the meaning of key terms in the glossary

  • Prepare the unit profile

  • Complete the Beacon assessment tool

  • Develop & submit your application


Questions

Questions? Practices


Thank you for pursuing excellence

Thank you for pursuing excellence Practices

tracy.barron@aacn.org

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