12 MSU and 10th Floor Sky Tower Nursing Units, University Hospital, San Antonio, TX

Starting from the left: Leticia Puente, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Linda Yoder, Nelson Tuazon, Barron Gates, Johnette Gonzales-Battle, Tommye Austin, Carmina Ridings, Lindsey Greene, Zahra Garza, Jessie Gonzaga, Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Roussos, Eva Balboa, Desirae Garcia, Zenaida Manliguez, Jennifer Elorriaga, RN
Starting from the left: Leticia Puente, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Linda Yoder, Nelson Tuazon, Barron Gates, Johnette Gonzales-Battle, Tommye Austin, Carmina Ridings, Lindsey Greene, Zahra Garza, Jessie Gonzaga, Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Roussos, Eva Balboa, Desirae Garcia, Zenaida Manliguez, Jennifer Elorriaga.

The hospital's 12 MSU and 10th Floor Sky Tower nursing units received the award November 15, 2019, during a special ceremony at the hospital.

Two medical-surgical units at University Hospital, San Antonio, TX, have become the first in the city to receive the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB ).

The AMSN PRISM Award, which stands for "Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg," recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and patient outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

"You are all a shining example for others of exemplary practice and care," said Jennifer Kennedy, MS, RN-BC, CMSRN, who is national treasurer on AMSN's Board of Directors, as she presented each unit with their award plaques. AMSN Immediate Past President Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, also represented AMSN during the ceremony.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of our nurses at University Health System," said Tommye Austin, the hospital's senior vice president and chief nursing executive. "This award further attests to the Magnet environment that has prevailed at University Hospital over the years."

Nelson Tuazon, vice president and associate chief nursing officer at University Hospital also praised the nurses.

"There is high value in having teams who have worked together in our Health System for a long time and who are accustomed to each other's strengths and routines," Tuazon said. "It is very fitting for our staff to be celebrated for this premier recognition of their practice."

The AMSN PRISM Award peer reviewers who evaluated the application for 12 MSU praised the unit for open communication, excellence in 'promoting collegiality' through recruiting and retention practices, and for taking "multiple steps to keep staff/patients safe from violence."

The reviewers also had strong praise for 10th Floor Sky Tower, citing strong leadership, effective communication practices, for their use of a staff scheduling app. The reviewers also commended the unit's program that has reduced staff turnover and boosted satisfaction rates.

In accepting the PRISM Awards, unit leaders credited the hard work and commitment of their teams.

"It is a true testament to the positive growth and development of our team, as we strive to promote the specialty of medical-surgical nursing," said Lindsey Greene, patient care coordinator for 10th Floor Sky Tower.

"The nurses here work as a family," said Sabrina Morales, patient care coordinator for 12 MSU. "That leads to better communication and better outcomes for our patients."

There are approximately 650,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym "PRISM" was chosen for the award.

About the AMSN PRISM Award
AMSN and MSNCB launched the award in October 2012 to recognize the highest levels of patient safety, quality, compassion, and commitment that characterize medical-surgical nurses.

The award recognizes units that exhibit:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • A healthy practice environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

There are more than 650,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.


About the Organizations
The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the medical-surgical nursing practice. Its mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing and care coordination and transition management.

University Health System is a nationally recognized teaching hospital and network of outpatient healthcare centers, owned by the people of Bexar County. In partnership with UT Health San Antonio , it is consistently recognized as a leader in advanced treatment options, new technologies and clinical research.

Photos from the Award Ceremony

From Left to right: Standing: Chidi Akpa, Golda Manalili, Alona Flores, Shumaila Virani, Sabrina Morales, Ashley Britsch, Cherokee Cardenas, Sabrina Morales, Lorena Tova, Virginia Beierly, Tommye Austin, Malathi Edwin. Kneeling: Marina Angeles, George Odhiambo, Jose Policarpio, Inez DeLeon, Arlienita Beraya
Starting from the left: Leticia Puente, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Linda Yoder, Nelson Tuazon, Barron Gates, Johnette Gonzales-Battle, Tommye Austin, Carmina Ridings, Lindsey Greene, Zahra Garza, Jessie Gonzaga, Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Roussos, Eva Balboa, Desirae Garcia, Zenaida Manliguez, Jennifer Elorriaga.

Starting from the left: Leticia Puente, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Linda Yoder, Nelson Tuazon, Barron Gates, Johnette Gonzales-Battle, Tommye Austin, Carmina Ridings, Lindsey Greene, Zahra Garza, Jessie Gonzaga, Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Roussos, Eva Balboa, Desirae Garcia, Zenaida Manliguez, Jennifer Elorriaga, RN
Starting from the left: Leticia Puente, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Linda Yoder, Nelson Tuazon, Barron Gates, Johnette Gonzales-Battle, Tommye Austin, Carmina Ridings, Lindsey Greene, Zahra Garza, Jessie Gonzaga, Jennifer Kennedy, Mike Roussos, Eva Balboa, Desirae Garcia, Zenaida Manliguez, Jennifer Elorriaga.