Elevate Nursing in Florida

The FCN's ELEVATE Nursing Initiative is designed to bring light to state and national recognition programs and those individuals or institutions that earn these prestigious honors. Each quarter a program will be selected to be highlighted by the FCN. Please watch this page to learn about Florida achievers and awardees.

Florida Center for Nursing’s May 2022 ELEVATE Nursing Awardee


The Florida Center for Nursing is pleased to recognize Dr. Jan Adams as this quarter’s ELEVATE Nursing Awardee. 

Dr. Jan AdamsDr. Adams began her nursing education at Norfolk General Hospital School of Professional Nursing, graduating with a Diploma in Nursing in 1979.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University, Master Public Administration (MPA) from Troy State University and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Adams served the U. S. Navy as a legalman at Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Adams applied and was accepted into a military program to attend nursing school. Upon graduation from her initial nursing education program, she joined the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps retiring in December 1998 at the rank of Commander.  Dr. Adams’s career in the Navy included orthopedic, mental health and critical care nursing.  She directed the Quality Management Department at Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Dr. Adams was one of the first Navy nurses assigned to an outpatient military clinic. She was awarded multiple awards for her dedication to nursing leadership and changing the paradigm for military outpatient nursing while serving as the Nursing Director in the Otolaryngology Clinic at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Upon retirement from the navy, Dr. Adams entered nursing education. She has taught and directed licensed practical nursing programs, associate degree in nursing programs, bachelor degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing programs.

Dr. Adams is an active member of the American Nurses Association, President of the Florida Nurses Association and member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

Dr. Adams currently resides in Tampa, Florida and is the Assistant Dean of Nursing Operations for Herzing University.


AACN Awards of Excellence
The Beacon Awards

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Awards are given for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing. Each hospital based critical care unit must meet specific criteria in the categories of: Leadership Structures and Systems, Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement, Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning Development, Evidence Based Practice and Processes and Outcome Measurements. Hospital units must apply individually. The Beacon Award denotes a Standard of Excellence in patient care environments. Units that receive the award display a positive and healthy work environment to attract and retain highly competent nursing staff. They strive toward continued excellence and quality improvement to maintain the status of the award by delivering quality evidence-based care. Beacon Awards- Bronze, Silver, and Gold- are given for a three-year designation. Units can trend their journey to excellence over time. Current there are 48 Beacon Awards designated in Florida. For more information, go to: https://www.aacn.org/nursing-excellence/beacon-awards

Facility Beacon Award Through Designation
Advent Health Winter Park
Labor and Delivery
Winter Park, FL
7/26/2022  GOLD 
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Pediatric Hematology Oncology
Orlando, FL

4/27/2025

 SILVER 
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
4/18/2025  GOLD 
Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health Telehealth Center
Coral Gables, FL

8/24/2023

 SILVER 
Baptist Hospital
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Miami, FL
6/5/2023  SILVER 
Baptist Hospital of Miami
2 Hope
Miami, FL
1/11/2025  GOLD 
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Critical Care Center
Miami, FL
1/14/2023  SILVER 
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
T4A MSICU
Jacksonville, FL
12/28/2023  SILVER 
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
Intensive Care
Vero Beach, FL
4/19/2024  SILVER 
Dr. Phillips Hospital
Surgical Unit

Not indicated

 GOLD 
Dr. Phillips Hospital
Cardiac Progressive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
3/31/2023  SILVER 
Health Central Hospital
Ortho Spine Unit
Ocoee, FL
7/8/2022  BRONZE 
Hialeah Hospital
Critical Care
Hialeah, FL
1/7/2023  SILVER 
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Tampa, FL
4/24/2023  SILVER 
Larkin Community Hospital
ICU/CCU
South Miami, FL
10/28/2022  GOLD 
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
3 East
Gainsville, FL
4/26/2024  SILVER 
Mariners Hospital
ICU
Tavernier, FL
10/26/2023  GOLD 
Mayo Clinic Florida
4N Medical ICU
Jacksonville, FL
4/28/2025  SILVER 
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
3 South
Miami, FL
8/26/2024  SILVER 
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Not indicated  SILVER 
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
5 Tower
Miami, FL
10/25/2024  GOLD 
Ocala Regional Medical Center
SICU
Ocala, FL
2/1/2025  SILVER 
Orlando Health
Medical Oncology
Orlando, FL
10/22/2022  GOLD 
Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital
Intermediate Critical Care Unit
Ocoee, FL
7/1/2023  GOLD 
Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
Labor & Delivery – Obstetrical Services
Clermont, FL
2/3/2023  GOLD 
Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
Intensive Care Unit
Longwood, FL
10/15/2024  GOLD 
Orlando Health, Health Central Hospital
Critical Care Unit
Ocoee, FL
7/27/2023  GOLD 
Orlando Regional Med Center
Vascular Surgical Step-Down Unit
Orlando, FL
6/8/2023  SILVER 

Orlando Regional Medical Center
Elective Orthopedic Unit

Orlando, FL

8/20/2024  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orthopedic Trauma Unit
Not indicated  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Neuroscience ICU
Orlando, FL
6/1/2024  GOLD 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Neuroscience Unit
Orlando, FL
8/31/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Trauma Burn Step Down Unit
Orlando, FL
6/1/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
CVICU (CCU/CVRR)
Orlando, FL
4/8/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Intermediate Critical Care
Orlando, FL
3/11/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Neuro Step Down
Orlando, FL
3/9/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
2/5/2023  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center 
Cardiac Intervention Unit
Orlando, FL
10/14/2022  SILVER 
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Multisystem Intensive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
8/12/2022  BRONZE 
ORMC
CTSU (changed from CVSU)
Not indicated  SILVER 
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
7CY-CP#- Cardiovascular Thoracic Stepdo
Sarasota, FL
8/17/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Jacksonville
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Jacksonville, FL
3/20/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Jacksonville
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Jacksonville, FL
3/11/2023  GOLD 
UF Health Shands
5 West Trauma
Gainesville, FL
4/27/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Shands
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Gainsville, FL
4/21/2023  GOLD 
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Gainesville, FL
11/15/2022  SILVER 
Winnie Palmer Hosp for Women & Babies
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
6/17/2024  SILVER 
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Peds CVICU
Not indicated  SILVER 
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
7CY-CP#- Cardiovascular Thoracic Stepdo
Sarasota, FL
8/17/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Jacksonville
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Jacksonville, FL
3/20/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Jacksonville
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Jacksonville, FL
3/11/2023  GOLD 
UF Health Shands
5 West Trauma
Gainesville, FL
4/27/2023  SILVER 
UF Health Shands
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Gainesville, FL
4/21/2023  GOLD 
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Gainesville, FL
11/15/2022  SILVER 
Winnie Palmer Hosp for Women & Babies
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Orlando, FL
6/17/2024  SILVER 
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Peds CVICU
Jacksonville, FL
4/29/2024  SILVER 

 

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