St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center recently became one of only two hospitals in the nation to have three medical-surgical (med-surg) units receive the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award® from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

The award recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and patient outcomes in hospital med-surg units in the U.S. and abroad.

The orthopedic and bariatric med-surg unit at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is the latest unit to be honored. The ceremony took place July 27, 2018 at the hospital, with AMSN President Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAAN, representing both AMSN and MSNCB to present the award to unit nurses, nurse leaders, and hospital officials.

The hospital’s renal transplant and endocrinology unit received this award in 2015, and its cardio-pulmonary unit received the award in 2016.

“These awards reflect the commitment and compassion from our med-surg nurses.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by AMSN and MSNCB for our efforts to provide high-quality patient care in a wide range of specialties, including orthopedics, bariatrics, renal transplant, endocrinology and cardio-pulmonary services,” Cindy Nicholas, chief nursing officer at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “These awards reflect the commitment and compassion from our med-surg nurses.”


ABOUT:

The AMSN PRISM Award
The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” launched in 2012 and is the first-of-its-kind honor for med-surg nursing units. AMSN and MSNCB created it to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality.

Award criteria include effective leadership, staff recruitment and retention, evidence-based practice, positive patient outcomes, a healthy work environment, and lifelong learning of unit staff members.

According to AMSN, there are more than 600,000 med-surg nurses practicing in the U.S. 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, which award creators say is a reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for its name.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.

North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 424-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility 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.

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.

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

 

Photos from the Award Ceremony


From left to right: Dr. Linda Yoder, Chase Pederson ACNO, Angela Tawil RN Supervisor, Tom Jackson CEO, Marcia Francis Unit Manager, Kay Bobbitt RN Supervisor, Fritz Marthol Med-Surg Director, Cindy Nicholas CNO.


From left to right: Chase Pederson ACNO, Dr. Linda Yoder, Kat Mayes RN, Melania Vancleave RN, Amanda Krog RN, Kay Bobbitt RN Supervisor, Ervin Alberto RN, Norma Davila RN, Angela Tawil RN Supervisor, Marcia Francis Unit Manager, Fritz Marthol Med-Surg Director, Cindy Nicholas CNO.


Top Middle: Fritz Marthol Med-Surg Director; Top Right: Dr. Linda Yoder; Bottom Right: Angela Tawil RN Supervisor, Kay Bobbitt RN Supervisor, Marcia Francis Unit Manager.


From left to right: Gwen White RN, Ana Villafuerte RN, Sabrina Snyder Med-Surg Coordinator, Jordan Anderson RN, Chrissie Bumactao RN, Tami Howe RN Supervisor, Baljeet Tyagi RN, Norma Davila RN.


From left to right: Marcia Francis Unit Manager, Ervin Alberto RN, Mollie Zimmerman RN, Kay Bobbitt RN Supervisor, Jordan Whisenhunt RN, Brandon McCreery RN, Fritz Marthol Med-Surg Director.


From Left to Right back row: Vi Eppinger RN, Brandon McCreery RN, Gianna Franzetti RN, John Archibeque Unit Bariatric Coordinator, Ervin Alberto RN, Leticia Middleton Lead PCT/Unit Clerk, Katie Smith RN, Marcia Francis Unit Manager. From left to right bottom row: Holly Vaughn RN, Kay Bobbitt RN Supervisor, Krystal Holly-Sanford PCT, and Joel Bikundo PCT.


AMSN PRISM Award

View the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center photo album.