Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Medical-Surgical Unit, Atlanta, GA


5 South celebrating at their PRISM Award presentation!

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s medical-surgical unit on 5-South has 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 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.

The nurses of 5-South received their award during a January 28, 2019, celebration at the hospital. AMSN National Secretary Andrea Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM, presented them with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque, praising the unit for innovation in the areas of leadership, evidence-based practice, and healthy practice environment.

“This isn’t an award that’s given easily, this award recognizes the nursing team on 5-South as exemplary. These nurses truly live Piedmont’s mission to make a positive difference in every life we touch” said Kelly Hulsey, MSN, RN, CENP, Piedmont’s Chief Nursing Officer.

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 AMSN PRISM Award in October 2012. In addition to excellence in practice and outcomes, 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

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.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award, contact AMSN 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 Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital – a 643-bed, private, not-for-profit hospital – is a leader in patient care that’s helped the Atlanta community get better and stay well for more than a century. Named the top acute-care community hospital in metro Atlanta in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals list, Piedmont Atlanta consistently ranks in the top five among metro Atlanta hospitals in patient experience scores.

Photos from the Award Ceremony


5 South PRISM Party with Dr. Miller.


5 South PRISM Party with Kelly.


The AMSN PRISM Award plaque.