Unit 1 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY


Unit 1 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY, gathers around their award.

Unit 1 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY, received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) have given St. Francis 1 East the AMSN PRISM Award for exemplary nursing practice.

The award, 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. Three other nursing units at St. Francis – 2 West, 2 East, 1 West and now 1 East – currently have the award, bringing the total number to four.

The award, which was presented during a ceremony December 12, 2016, is given to outstanding acute care/medical-surgical units that achieve sustained excellence in nursing. MSNCB Director Patricia Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, represented AMSN and MSNCB to give the unit staff their award.

The achievement of this award by 1 East will also be announced at the AMSN Annual Convention, on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites, social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“This latest national award for nursing excellence is a testament to the superior care we provide to patients on our medical-surgical units,” says Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis.

“This latest national award for nursing excellence is a testament to the superior care we provide to patients on our medical-surgical units,” says Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis. “PRISM, along with our other major recognitions such as Magnet and Beacon, reflect our consistent focus on offering the very best in patient care.”

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 and MSNCB
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.

Photos from the Award Ceremony


From left to right - Patricia Kurz, MSNCB Director, Diana Umhafer, Assistant Nurse Manager, Jenna Gianelli Assistant Nurse Manager, Barbara Martino, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Christina Margiotis, Nurse Manager, Christine Madonia, Assistant Nurse Manger, Deena Sarhan, Assistant Nurse Manager, Ann Cella, CNO,  Donna Rebelo, Assistant Vice President for Nursing.