South Texas Accreditation and Awards
Beacon Award for Excellence
About the Beacon Award for Excellence
The Beacon Award’s three levels of designation recognize significant milestones along a unit’s journey. For patients and families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award signals a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.
Any unit where the patient receives principal nursing care after admission can apply for a Beacon Award.
The Beacon Award includes bronze, silver and gold levels so that a unit can chart its excellence journey over time. Beacon Award recipients receive a three-year designation.
Applicants must respond to criteria questions in the following areas:
* Leadership Structures and Systems
* Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
* Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
* Evidence-based Practice and Processes
* Outcome Measurement