FP2 Nursing Unit, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Med-Surg Unit at St. Francis, Roslyn, NY

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) have given the FP2 Nursing Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, the AMSN PRISM Award® for exemplary nursing practice.

The ceremony took place on September 19, 2017 and MSNCB Secretary Pat Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, presented the award.

PRISM, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first award of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the U.S. Four other nursing units at St. Francis- 1 East, 2 West, 2 East, and 1 West – currently have the award. St. Francis holds more AMSN PRISM awards than any hospital in the country.

"Receiving a fifth AMSN PRISM award is yet another affirmation of the topnotch care our nurses provide to patients on our medical-surgical units," Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis, said.

"Receiving a fifth AMSN PRISM award is yet another affirmation of the topnotch care our nurses provide to patients on our medical-surgical units," Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis, said. “PRISM, along with our other national recognitions such as Magnet and Beacon, reflect why St. Francis is consistently rated one of the best hospitals in the country."

In order to achieve PRISM status, medical-surgical units must demonstrate sustained excellence by exhibiting:

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

As of September 19, 2017, only 22 med-surg units in the United States currently have PRISM awards. St. Francis is the only hospital in New York State to have achieved PRISM status and the only one in the country to have five units with this prestigious recognition.

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 medical surgical nurses.

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. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

For more information visit AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award, e-mail,  or call 866-877-AMSN.