Unit Award - AMSN PRISM Award

The AMSN PRISM Award®

Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-surg

 

What is The AMSN PRISM Award?

The AMSN PRISM Award is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). PRISM stands for Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-surg. It was created at the request of AMSN members who wanted an award to recognize the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units.

The AMSN PRISM Award provides special recognition to the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units.

Is Your Unit Exemplary?

The professional nurse is responsible for the individual practice, but it takes a dynamic, energetic, and committed group of professionals working as a team to achieve and sustain outstanding patient outcomes and high staff satisfaction.

Through this distinguished honor, AMSN and MSNCB identify and celebrate medical-surgical units that achieve sustained excellence through exhibiting:

  1. Effective leadership
  2. Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  3. Evidence-based practice
  4. Positive patient outcomes
  5. Healthy practice environment
  6. Lifelong learning of unit staff members

What type of unit qualifies as a medical-surgical unit?

Patient care units eligible to apply for the award include any individual acute care unit with a primarily adult and/or elderly patient population with medical-surgical diagnoses. These units may:

  • Admit and provide care for adolescent patients on a periodic basis in an "overflow" capacity.
  • Be a combined adult/pediatric unit that is classified by the facility as a medical-surgical unit.
  • Utilize remote telemetry monitoring, but may not be classified as step-down/progressive care units by their facilities.
  • Be from the same facility as long as each unit fits the description of a medical-surgical unit and applies individually.
  • Float pools are not eligible to apply.

How Does A Unit Apply for the AMSN PRISM Award?

Each unit must complete the PRISM Award Application and submit payment. Units may apply for the award throughout the year as there are no deadlines.

How is the application evaluated or scored?

Applications are blinded and peer reviewed by a team of medical-surgical nurses using the PRISM Award Scoring Tool. The structure of the scoring tool is built on the Eight Essential Attributes for a Healthy Work Environment (Kramer and Schmalenberg, 2008).

When will we be notified of the results of our application?

The review process takes approximately 14 weeks. The facility contact person will be contacted by email.

How long does the AMSN PRISM Award designation last?

The award is valid for a period of three (3) years, and the unit is encouraged to reapply toward the end of that time.

How is the AMSN PRISM Award presented and acknowledged?

AMSN and MSNCB are pleased to present this award personally to the medical-surgical unit at their facility on a mutually agreed upon celebration date. A member of the AMSN or MSNCB Board (or their designated representative) will make the presentation.

PRISM PlaqueThe medical-surgical unit recipient will receive a 19"x16" elegantly framed plaque to display in a prominent location on the unit. Recipient units also receive permission to announce their achievement and use the AMSN PRISM Award Recipient Seal in local and national advertising and publications, and other promotional vehicles (banners, unit scrubs, etc.), per provided guidelines.

AMSN will announce your unit's award on the AMSN Website and in other AMSN media.

 

Is Your Unit Ready to Apply?

Completion of the AMSN PRISM Award application requires planning, time and collaboration on the part of the unit that wishes to apply. To get started:

NOTE: Both documents are available as downloadable pdfs and are available when you follow the link to apply.  You will be taken to another platform where you will be asked to create a user account. Creating an account allows you to return to your application at any time. This will save your progress in the event you cannot complete in one sitting.

What is the submission deadline for the AMSN PRISM Award?

There is no deadline for submitting the AMSN PRISM Award application. Applications will be accepted at any time.

What is the success rate for achieving the AMSN PRISM Award?

An average of 26 applications are submitted each year for the AMSN PRISM Award, and our current acceptance rate is 54%.

Application Resources

The following resources may help your unit prepare for and manage the AMSN PRISM Award Application:

  • Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process - A free Convention Session in the AMSN Online Library. You be prompted to log in first to view this session. If you don't have an account, you can set up a free account right there.

View Recent AMSN PRISM Award Recipients

B5 Medical-Surgical Unit, Methodist Hospital, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA

B5 Medical-Surgical Unit, TJUH Methodist Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

AMSN PRISM Award

Neurological Medical-Surgical Unit C62, MedStar Georgetown, Washington, DC

Medical-Surgical Unit, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Medical-Surgical Unit, St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, KS

AMSN PRISM Award

Froelich Pavilion 2, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

C 2 Orthopedic Unit, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

C2 Orthopedic, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

AMSN PRISM Award

2 West, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Franciscan Health Indianapolis' Orthopedics/Neurosciences Unit 6 West, IN

6 West, Franciscan Health, Indianapolis, IN

Unit 7A, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ

Unit 7A, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ

Units 2 East, 2 West, and K2 of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY

2 East, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Units 2 East, 2 West, and K2 of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY

K2, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Unit 2 North, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, IN

2 North, Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, IN

Unit 6C Surgery and Trauma, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC

6C Surgery & Trauma, WakeMed Health, Raleigh, NC

AMSN PRISM Award

5 East Medical-Surgical, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL

Unit 2 South Acute Care with Telemetry, Inspira, Elmer, NJ

2 South Acute Care, Inspira Elmer, Elmer, NJ

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX

4 East, St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX

Tower 4 ENT/Internal Medicine Pediatric Overflow Unit, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Tower 4 ENT/Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Medical Surgical Unit of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), VT

Medical-Surgical Unit, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, VT

Bayhealth Hospital Kent Campus Med-Surg Unit 1A Dover, Delaware

1A, Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE

AMSN PRISM Award

A3 Medical & Surgical Unit, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

AMSN PRISM Award

Surgical Acute Care, Inspira Vineland, Vineland, NJ

AMSN PRISM Award

3 West Post-Surgical Care Unit, Franciscan Health, Indianapolis, IN

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Medical-Surgical Unit Atlanta, GA

5 South, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Atlanta, GA

AMSN PRISM Award

Surgical Specialties Total Joint Center Unit 6C-D, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver, WA

Tower 4 ENT/Internal Medicine Pediatric Overflow Unit, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

12 Surgical Specialties Unit, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

AMSN PRISM Award

CT6B-CV Medical-Surgical Unit
Carle Foundation Hospital
Urbana, IL

AMSN PRISM Award

6AB Cardiac Medicine & Neuroscience
Virtua Health
Voorhees, NJ


PRISM Award Recipient

5E Medical Oncology/Hematology
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC


8 West Doan The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

8 West Doan
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH


9 East Rhodes The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

9 East Rhodes
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH


12 MSU University Hospital San Antonio, TX

12 MSU
University Hospital
San Antonio, TX


10th Floor Sky Tower University Hospital

10th Floor Sky Tower
University Hospital
San Antonio, TX


6 South Piedmont Hospital

6 South
Piedmont Hospital
Atlanta, GA


Tower 6 Medical Surgical Unit University of California Davis Medical Center

Tower 6 Medical Surgical Unit
University of California Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA


Tower 8 Transplant/Metabolic Unit University of California Davis Medical Center

Tower 8 Transplant/Metabolic Unit
University of California Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA


East 5 Neuroscience Unit University of California Davis Medical Center

East 5 Neuroscience Unit
University of California Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA


AMSN PRISM Award

5NW2 L5 Northwest Side 2
St. Jude Medical Center
Fullerton, CA


Medical Acute Inspira Medical Center

Medical Acute
Inspira Medical Center
Vineland, NJ 08360


AMSN PRISM Award

4 West PCU
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
Portland, OR


AMSN PRISM Award

F2 Medical Unit
King Faisal Specialist Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


AMSN PRISM Award

5 Acute Care
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA


AMSN PRISM Award

Orthopedics Unit
Methodist Hospital
San Antonio, TX


Medical-Surgical Unit

Medical-Surgical Unit
Advent Health Shawnee Mission
Shawnee Mission, KS

AMSN PRISM Award

4 North Total Joint, Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO

AMSN PRISM Award

6 Medical Telemetry, Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO

AMSN PRISM Award

B4 Surgical Acute, Methodist Medical Center, Mansfield, TX

AMSN PRISM Award

Surgical Care Unit 1, St. Cloud Hospital, Saint Cloud, MN

AMSN PRISM Award

3 South, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, West Houston, TX

AMSN PRISM Award

5 Main Tower, Cleveland Clinic, Mayfield, OH

AMSN PRISM Award

2 North, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Atlanta, GA

AMSN PRISM Award

Medical/Surgical Inpatient Department, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Storm Lake, IA

AMSN PRISM Award

1 West, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

AMSN PRISM Award

3 North, Virtua Marlton, Marlton, NJ

AMSN PRISM Award

3A Orthopedic Neurosurgical, Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick, MD

AMSN PRISM Award

7 Garden South, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

AMSN PRISM Award

6 Blue East Orthopedics, Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, Marietta, GA

AMSN PRISM Award

9K Medical-Surgical Unit, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA

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