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Beacons of hope for critical care

kim hicks, angela gilles, uc irvine program in nursing science graduates
UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science graduates Kim Hicks, left, and Angela Gilles.

Three years ago, UC Irvine nursing graduates Kim Hicks and Angela Giles came to the same conclusion after attending a presentation at AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: their surgical intensive care unit was worthy of the Beacon Award.

Their story of going after this award was recently featured in the June 2016 copy of Bold Voices, a journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). View the article on page 24 ›

Both women were in the first class to graduate from the UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science. Both chose to pursue careers at UC Irvine Medical Center. Both are passionate about helping others and serve critically ill patients in the same unit.

“As a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at UC Irvine Medical Center and a clinical instructor for the nursing program, I am very proud to say that I am an Anteater for life,” said Hicks.

With support from surgical intensive care unit Manager Susanne Collins, these Nursing Science alums engaged others in preparing and submitting the application, ultimately earning UC Irvine Health a gold-level designation for the unit. It is the AACN’s highest award level and the first for an adult critical care unit in Orange County.

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

We are very proud of our grads and their achievements!