St. Jude Medical Center Medical-Surgical Renal Unit at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA

The Medical-Surgical Renal Unit at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA, has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

St. Jude is one of only two hospitals in California—and one of just 34 in the nation—to earn the elite award which is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

"These nurses are exceptional at what they do and it makes me very happy to see them recognized for the commitment and passion they bring to changing patients' lives," said Laura Ramos, MSN, RN, St. Jude's Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services."

Summer Bryant, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Manager at The University of Kansas Hospital and Treasurer of AMSN, represented AMSN and MSNCB on December 11, 2019, presenting the renal unit with the award during a ceremony marked by applause, cheers and a few tears.

"This is an extraordinary unit, that sees itself as family and is completely focused on elevating patient care," says Cynthia Chun, RN, who helped write and gather the extensive documentation for the 43-page application. "Seeing our accomplishments on paper were impressive in every area, from clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, to complication rates and nursing certification and education levels, we significantly outperform national benchmarks."

At the ceremony, Selin Mirzaeian, MSN, RN, Nursing Director, pointed to the hospital's growing list of national nursing awards, from MAGNET to the Beacon Award.

"There is a unique culture at St. Jude that encourages and cultivates excellence," Mirzaeian said. "It's a difference that is clearly evident to patients, nurses and caregivers alike."

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 more than 650,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States 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, another reason the acronym "PRISM" was chosen for the award. The award is the first of its kind honoring outstanding medical-surgical units in the U.S. and internationally.

For more information about AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award, visit or contact the association at or 866-877-AMSN.