Saint Peter's University Hospital Nurses Recognized For Dedicated Service

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The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nurses at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provide constant care for children who are recovering from invasive surgery, have congenital anomalies or a host of other medical issues.

Their colleagues in Saint Peter’s Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU) track heart rates and blood pressures and carefully monitor patients who are fighting to recover from heart-related health issues.

United in their devotion to helping patients young and old, the hospital's nurses PICU and CPCU nurses have recently been recognized for their work.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit has earned the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for the 2022-2025 term.

And, the hospital’s Cardiac Progressive Care Unit has been recognized with a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence. This is the second consecutive time that the CPCU has earned this award.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence is a reflection of our nurses’ commitment to providing exceptional patient care at the bedside every day,” said Linda Carroll, MSN, RN, RN-BC, vice president of Patient Care Services, and chief nursing officer, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “This recognition means even more given the many challenges our nurses faced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet always making quality and patient safety their focus above all else.”

The Beacon Award for Excellence, a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments, recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

Earning the Beacon Award signifies how Saint Peter’s nurses use continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Units needed to meet the following Beacon Award for Excellence criteria to be recognized:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning, and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

 “I’m so proud of our pediatric intensive care nurses for achieving the Beacon Award,” said Jacqueline K. Maloney, BSN, RN, PED-BC, nurse manager of the Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Emergency Department at Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital. “They care for some of the most vulnerable patients at Saint Peter’s, from those that are only days old to adolescents. Each day, but especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our nurses support parents often facing extremely challenging circumstances and they do it with the highest level of skill and compassion.”

For patients and their families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, the Beacon Award means a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders.

“The CPCU nurses are a tightly-knit group that supports each other while treating every patient like they’re a member of our own family,” said Eliza Sanchez, BSN, RN-C, nurse manager of the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit at Saint Peter’s. “The Beacon Award is an endorsement of how our nurses go above and beyond when it comes to caring for their patients.”

In addition to the PICU and CPCU, Saint Peter's Adult Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have earned the Beacon Award for the sixth and third consecutive time, respectively.

Story and Photo By: TAPIinto New Brunswick