3 South Cardio-Pulmonary Unit, St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX


The 3 South Cardio-Pulmonary Unit, St. David's North Austin Medical Center celebrates their AMSN PRISM Award.

The Cardio-Pulmonary Unit at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg” is the first of its kind honoring medical-surgical nursing units in the United States. 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/medical-surgical units or adult/pediatric units classified as medical-surgical. 3 South is the second unit at St. David's North Austin to receive the award.

“We are pleased to be recognized by AMSN again for our efforts to provide high-quality patient care,” Cindy Nicholas, chief nursing officer at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “This award reflects the commitment and compassion that characterize our med-surg nurses, and our mission to provide exceptional care.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by AMSN again for our efforts to provide high-quality patient care,” Cindy Nicholas, chief nursing officer at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “This award reflects the commitment and compassion that characterize our med-surg nurses, and our mission to provide exceptional care.”

AMSN President, Dr. Linda H. Yoder presented the award to the unit representative Lola Mahoney, Nurse Manager of 3 South. Allen Harrison, CEO was also on hand to praise and congratulate the unit.

The achievement of this award will also be announced at the AMSN Annual Convention, on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites, social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

The Renal Transplant and Endocrinology Unit at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center was the first facility in Austin to receive this award, which was presented in March 2016.

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 medical-surgical 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.

There are more than 600,000 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. Medical-surgical nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.


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

About St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. 
 

Photos from the Award Ceremony


Left to right , front row back row- Sandrine Siewe- Nurse supervisor, Yvette Davilla, Yele Isola- Nurse supervisor, Vidsyl Cretencio, Mariamma George- Nurse supervisor, Rowena Aradanas, Lola Mahoney-Nurse Manager, Rachel Gould, Chadi Awad- Director CC services, Adela Mercado, Nneoma Maduforo, Cheryl Meade, back row- Joel James, Adrian Vineyard, Cindy Nicholas-CNO, Lisa McMamamon, Kathleen Davidson, Josh Tarvin, Allen Harrison CEO, and Amanda Bestiero.


Left to right: AMSN President, Dr. Linda H. Yoder presented the award to the unit representative Lola Mahoney, Nurse Manager of 3 South, and Chadi Awad.


Left to right: Allen Harrison, AMSN President, Dr. Linda H. Yoder, Lola Mahoney, Chadi Awad, and Cindy Nicholas.


The 3 South Cardio-Pulmonary Unit, St. David's North Austin Medical Center celebrates their AMSN PRISM Award.