Unit 1 West, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®

1 West, St. Francis Hospitial, in Roslyn, NY
From left to right: Ann Cella MA, MEd, RN NEA-BC, Barbara Codignotto RN, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN, Scott Sherrin, RN, Fanny Ngai, RN, RN-BC, Julia Bebry, RN, CMSRN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Marie Philine Antoine, Jenna Wrzesc, RN, RN-BC, Donna Rebelo, RN, NE-BC, Alyssa Scozzari, Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Claudia Carrasco, Barbara O’Reilly, RN, CMSRN, Janet Houchen, Mike Ecksteine, RN, Yvonne Thomason.

Unit 1 West, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, in Roslyn, NY, 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. 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.

MSNCB Secretary Pat Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, represented AMSN and MSNCB, and presented 1 West with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on April 23, 2014, at the hospital.

According to the PRISM application reviewers, 1 West was selected to receive the award because the unit earned high scores for leadership, compassionate patient care, and advocacy. The reviewers also praised the unit’s recruitment and retention strategies, healthy practice environment, and ‘out of the box’ thinking.

After she presented the award, Kurz told the MSNCB Board of Directors that 1 West “is another outstanding unit with an amazing staff and leadership team.  The staff was so grateful for having been chosen and their passion for what they do is palpable.”

The unit’s award will be announced at the 2014 AMSN Annual Convention to be held in September in Orlando, FL; on the AMSN and MSNCB websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

This is the second PRISM Award given to St. Francis. Unit 2 East received their plaque on February 10, 2014.


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 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 600,000 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.

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award.

Photos from the Award Ceremony


From left to right: Jenna Wrzesc, RN, RN-BC, Janet Houchen, Erinn Strom, RN, CMSRN, Marie Philine Antoine, Barbara Codignotto RN, Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Julia Bebry, RN, CMSRN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN, and Donna Rebelo, RN, NE-BC.


From left to right: Mike Ecksteine, RN, Johyun Kim RN, Jenna Wrzesc, RN, RN-BC, Scott Sherrin, RN, Janet Houchen, Marie Philine Antoine, Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Julia Bebry RN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN.


From left to right: Marie Philine Antoine, Barbara Codignotto, RN, Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Julia Bebry, RN, CMSRN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN, Donna Rebelo, RN, NE-BC, Kathleen Gilligan-Steiner RN, Ann Cella MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC.


From left to right: Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Julia Bebry, RN, CMSRN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN, Donna Rebelo, RN, NE-BC, Kathleen Gilligan-Steiner RN, Ann Cella MA, MEd, RN NEA-BC, Ava Genero RN.


From left to right: Ann Cella MA, MEd, RN NEA-BC, Barbara Codignotto RN, Kristen Nunez, RN, CMSRN, Scott Sherrin, RN, Fanny Ngai, RN, RN-BC, Julia Bebry, RN, CMSRN, Tanya Louis, RN, MSN, FNP, Marie Philine Antoine, Jenna Wrzesc, RN, RN-BC, Donna Rebelo, RN, NE-BC, Alyssa Scozzari, Amanda Tryon, RN, CMSRN, Claudia Carrasco, Barbara O’Reilly, RN, CMSRN, Janet Houchen, Mike Ecksteine, RN, Yvonne Thomason.