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Roseville, Calif.- The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Trauma Neuro Unit at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The gold-level designation is the highest award; other designations include the bronze and the silver level.  The Trauma Neuro Unit at Sutter Roseville is one of seven critical care units in California to be honored with the prestigious gold-level Beacon Award.

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the Trauma Neuro Unit at Sutter Roseville for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence.  These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” she said. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.”

The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Sutter Roseville’s Trauma Neuro Unit signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. The Trauma Neuro Unit earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

* Leadership structures and systems
* Appropriate staffing and staff engagement
* Effective communication, knowledge management, learning and development, best practices
* Patient Outcomes