VCU Medical Center STICU recognized for critical care excellence
Thursday, April 10, 2008
University Medical Center’s Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit will be
honored with the Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical
The STICU is the first ICU in Richmond to receive
the award, which recognizes the nation’s top hospital critical care
units that exemplify strong patient outcomes and a healthy work
environment for nurses.
“As a former critical care nurse, I
am continually awed by the expert technical and compassionate care
provided by our STICU nurses,” said Nancy New, nursing director, VCU
Health System. “They have positively impacted so many patient and
The STICU was evaluated on specific criteria,
including recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring;
evidence-based practice; patient outcomes; healing environment; and
leadership and organization ethics.
believes that, in every hospital, in every unit, in each nurse, is the
power for excellence,” said Dave Hanson, president of AACN. “Every
critical care unit can be a Beacon unit, and many are going through the
process right now. It’s a valuable way to ensure that a unit’s
practices are based in sound principles, contributing to higher patient
safety and staff retention.”
The Beacon Award is presented twice
yearly. VCU Medical Center will be recognized next month in Chicago at
the annual AACN national conference.
Established in 1969 to help
educate nurses working in newly developed intensive care units, the
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world's largest
specialty nursing organization. For more information, visit http://www.aacn.org/.