Our voice in the media.
Phoenix Business Journal (Feb. 1, 2008)--"John C. Lincoln Hospital Brings Home the Beacon." "The Beacon Award stands for one year, after which the unit must reapply, said Roberta Johnson, clinical director of the intensive care unit. But she said it's worth the effort because it keeps excellence in patient care at the forefront of nurses' minds." Joyce Benjamin, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association, said, "This is like, oh-my-God fabulous. This shows the level of quality in the valley that we're achieving."
Nevada RN formation (Feb. 1, 2008)--"Why Should Nurses Get Certified?" In part, the article noted that "even more noteworthy, nurse certification has been linked to better patient outcomes, according to AACN, which found that certification is tied to a reduction in medical errors, among other benefits."
American Journal of Nursing--AJN (Feb. 1, 2008)--"Negativity in the Workplace." The following is an excerpt from a letter to the editor by Jan Fadel, RN, Louisville, Ky. "Studies have shown that when nurses are working in a supportive environment, they are less likely to take sick days or suffer from injuries, exhaustion or job dissatisfaction. AACN has developed six standards that define a healthy work environment: skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition and authentic leadership. A healthy work environment produces a healthy workforce."
Indiana Nursing Quarterly (Feb. 1, 2008)--"Local Nurses Take the Lead" included a cover photo of Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, CPHQ, then AACN Certification Corporation chair. Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, then AACN president, who was also featured, said, "I joined AACN because it really was a professional organization that helped to provide education and information around how to care for patients in the ICU. I joined ... so they could provide me with information to help me be a better nurse."
Nurse.com (Feb. 11, 2008)--"Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Three Beacon Awards." "The work environment at Rhoads (5 SICU) is energizing. In one word it 'hums,'" said William C. Kinkle, RN, EMT-P. "To be recognized with the Beacon Award means we have demonstrated a unique overall team concept that stands as a model for other critical care units." Advance for Nurses (Feb. 4, 2008)--"Climbing the Ladder of Success" addresses clinical advancement programs (ladders). One of these programs, in use at Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora, Ill., has "seven standards, based on components of AACN's Synergy Model."
The Synergist (Feb. 15, 2008)--"AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards Being Piloted Downtown." "Six units--two each at Methodist, IU and Riley hospitals (at Clarian Health, Indianapolis)--are piloting tools and resources to adopt the first of six standards for a Healthy Work Environment, as outlined by AACN ... Why adopt Healthy Work Environment standards? In short, they can help improve patient care and patient safety as well as on-the-job relationships and job satisfaction."
Nursing Management eNews (Feb. 14, 2008)--"Ready, Set, Get Certified!" As reported in many other publications as well, AACN and AONE are partnering on a nurse manager certification course. Listed under "Breaking News," it was the number one story in this issue.