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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 and 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
  • The unit’s key nurse-sensitive patient outcome measures and results
  • 450 points
application review process
Application & Review Process
  • 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
  • Independent review & score
  • Senior review
    • Executive summary
    • Final score
  • Feedback report
scoring
Scoring
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Beacon Criteria Brochure – May
  • Beacon Audit Tool - May
  • Applying for the Beacon Award for Excellence Webinar – July
next steps
Next Steps
  • 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
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