A-3 Medical-Surgical Unit at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia

A-3 Medical-Surgical Unit at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia
Unit A3 and hospital officials with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque at the ceremony.

The A3 Medical and Surgical Unit at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®. It is the second AMSN PRISM Award earned by the hospital, which was the first international facility to receive the honor in 2017. 

The AMSN PRISM Award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States and internationally. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). The award is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg and recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

AMSN President Robin Hertel and MSNCB President Antoinette Falker presented A-3 Unit nurses and hospital officials with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque via video conference during a ceremony on December 12, 2018, held in the hospital’s Post Graduate Auditorium. The achievement of the award by Unit A-3 will also be announced on the AMSN and MSNCB websites, on social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications

"We are absolutely delighted that our application for the AMSN PRISM Award was successful and we are overjoyed in having a second unit achieve this very prestigious award,” said Alun Woodhouse, RN-BC BSN, MSN, Program Director, Medical and Surgical Nursing at King Faisal.

"We are absolutely delighted that our application for the AMSN PRISM Award was successful and we are overjoyed in having a second unit achieve this very prestigious award,” said Alun Woodhouse, RN-BC BSN, MSN, Program Director, Medical and Surgical Nursing at King Faisal.

“We are thrilled to be the first international hospital to be recognized with the award. Whilst the organization values the great work that nurses do every day, there is something very special when recognition comes from where we benchmark our patient care outcomes,” Woodhouse said. “We are extremely humble in receiving this award for the second year and are proud of our nurses that provide quality of care to our patients."


About the AMSN PRISM Award
Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the award in October 2012. The award also reflects the compassion, commitment, and connection that characterize med-surg nurses.

Specifically, the award celebrates 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

Med-surg nurses in the United States and abroad oversee a wide spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award or contact the association at amsn-info@amsn.org  or 866-877-AMSN.


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

About MSNCB
The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

Photos from the Award Ceremony



Back row: Carmela Vergel RN BSN, Sara Angeles RN-BC BSN MSN, Amjad Almusallam RN BSN, Aminata Kamara RN BSN, Fatima Majrashi RN BSN, Abisha Jose RN BSN, Leema Thomas RN BSN, Samantha Marpole RN BSN, Angelina Fernandez RN BSN MSN, Dr Al-Mofadda MD, Dr Alzahrani MD, Dr Al-taweel MD, Alina Articulo RN BSN MSN, Helen Redekopp RN BSN MSN, Doneald Satin RN BSN, Fadi Majdalawi RN BSN, Reynald Figueroa RN BSN, Deborah Jackson RN BSN, Rona Mahinoy RN BSN, Alun Woodhouse RN-BC BSN MSN.

Front Row: Sarabel Dela Cruz RN BSN, Nurjanna Lim RN BSN, Gellie Manangan RN BSN, Venancia Suluen RN BSN, Jean Dautil RN BSN, Laura Nel RN BSN, Mary Ann Ressurection RN BSN, Marlyn De Guzman RN BSN, Mae Fernandez RN BSN, Emy Regaton RN BSN,  Melrose Gabi RN BSN.


Left to right: Samantha Marpole RN BSN, Alun Woodhouse RN-BC BSN MSN, Angelina Fernandez RN BSN MSN.


Left to right: Emy Regaton RN BSN, Amjad Almusallam RN BSN, Fatima Majrashi RN BSN, Gellie Manangan RN BSN, Aminata Kamara RN BSN, Ohood Alharthi RN BSN, Nurjanna Lim RN BSN, Alun Woodhouse RN-BC BSN MSN, Sweety Joy RN BSN, Laura Nel RN BSN, Carmela Vergel RN BSN, Angelina Fernandez RN BSN MSN, Fadi Majdalawi RN BSN, Samantha Marpole RN BSN, Doneald Satin RN BSN, Mae Fernandez RN BSN,  Deborah Jackson RN BSN, Marlyn De Guzman RN BSN, Rona Mahinoy RN BSN, Sarahbel Dela Cruz RN BSN, Melrose Gabi RN BSN, Venancia Suluen RN BSN, Mary Ann Ressurection RN BSN.


Screenshot of video presentation with from left to right: A3 Nurses, managers and administrators from King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Robin A. Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN, AMSN President in Kansas City, Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN, CBN, MSNCB President in St. Louis.


Unit A3 and hospital officials with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque at the ceremony.