NEWS | March 20, 2018

Burn center nurses recognized for excellence


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has conferred a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the nurses of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Burn Unit nursing team
The nurses of the burn center have received high-level recognition from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Gold is the highest level of the award, which recognizes nursing teams who improve patient outcomes and align their practices with the AACN’s six healthy work environment standards: skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition and authentic leadership.

“This is highly deserved recognition,” said Toby Marsh, chief patient care services officer for UC Davis Medical Center. “Our burn center nurses help patients who have survived heartbreaking and complex traumas, and their care extends to the social and emotional well-being of patients and their loved ones. They also collaborate with emergency responders on fire prevention initiatives. We are very proud that their work on behalf of patients, their families and the entire community.”

AACN President Christine Schulman acknowledged the burn center team for working together to exceed the high standards set by her organization for patient care and work climate.

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

The world’s largest specialty nursing organization, the AACN supports acute and critical care nurses in their mission to provide care and personal support to patients at the most vulnerable times of their lives. More information about the organization is at

A Center of Excellence, the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center unites the exceptional surgical, critical care and rehabilitation resources of UC Davis to care for the unique needs of adult burn patients. The team also treats pediatric burn patients through a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. In addition to a comprehensive clinical program, the burn center conducts research aimed at improving patient outcomes, leads community outreach to support burn survivors and provides education to reduce burn injuries. More information is at