Eight U.S. Emergency Departments Recognized by Emergency Nurses Association for Supporting Excellence in Nursing Practice, Providing Exceptional Care
2012 Lantern Award Recipients Demonstrate Exceptional Performance,
Support Innovative Practices
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) today announced the recipients of the association's second annual Lantern Awards. The awards recognize emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. ENA is a membership organization of more than 40,000 emergency nurses nationwide.
The Lantern Award designation recognizes an emergency department’s commitment to quality, safety, a healthy work environment and innovation in nursing practice and emergency care. Emergency departments that receive the Lantern Award designation exemplify a culture of excellence in emergency care, including strong leadership, practice credibility and workplace recognition. To qualify for the Lantern Award, an emergency department applicant must complete a comprehensive application that includes performance metrics, narratives and exemplar responses. Each application is evaluated through a blinded process by a team of reviewers.
“The quality of care provided in emergency departments is in large part determined by a hospital’s commitment to facilitating excellence in nursing practice,” said Gail Lenehan, EdD, MSN, RN, FAEN, FAAN, president of ENA. “The Lantern Awards are part of the Emergency Nurses Association’s effort to promote exemplary nursing practice and to recognize hospitals that are going above and beyond in ensuring their emergency departments are providing the highest quality care to patients.” Applicants face a rigorous application process and are evaluated on a range of performance and outcome metrics, as well as qualitative questions about noteworthy practices and attributes of their emergency department, focusing on their commitment to excellence and innovation. “This year, only eight out of 27 emergency department applicants met the criteria for Lantern Award designation, and they can be very proud indeed.”
The Lantern Award recipients for 2012 are:
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Emergency Department (Barrington, IL)
Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe Emergency Center (Grosse Pointe, MI)
Boston Children's Hospital Emergency Department (Boston, MA)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department (Los Angeles, CA)
Chandler Regional Medical Center Emergency Department (Chandler, AZ)
Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Seay Emergency Center (Dallas, TX)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Emergency Department – Burnet Campus (Cincinnati, OH)
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (Indianapolis, IN)
The Lantern Award is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with changing nursing from a mostly untrained job to a skilled, science-based profession. She is sometimes referred to as the “Lady of the Lamp” for her actions during the Crimean War when she would work deep into the night, bringing a lantern with her as she tended to wounded British soldiers as they slept.
For more information about the Lantern Award, please contact Beth Bernardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Emergency Nurses Association:
ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at ENA’s Web site, www.ena.org.