Medical Unit 1, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN


St. Cloud Hospital, Medical Unit 1, receives the AMSN PRISM Award for exemplary practice.

Medical Unit 1, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN, 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 medical-surgical 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/medical-surgical units or adult/pediatric units classified as medical-surgical.

“The PRISM award is a testament to what Medical Unit 1 staff do every day — provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care,” said Michelle McDonald, MS, RN, CNML, Director, Medical Unit 1. “We have known for a long time that we have an exceptional team of staff who truly care about their patients, families, and each other. Med 1 is a special place to work — because we’re not simply co-workers, we are a family. The commitment to quality and high standards that staff hold each other accountable to is a special thing to be a part of.”

“The PRISM award is a testament to what Medical Unit 1 staff do every day — provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care,” said Michelle McDonald, MS, RN, CNML, Director, Medical Unit 1.”

Julie Kennedy, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Director on the AMSN Board, presented Medical Unit 1 with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony on December 9, 2016, at the hospital. The achievement of this award will also be announced at the AMSN Annual Convention, on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites, social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

The Surgical Care Unit at St. Cloud Hospital also was honored earlier this summer with 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 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.

About St. Cloud Hospital
St. Cloud Hospital is part of CentraCare Health and a regional medical center for Central Minnesota. It is a certified level II Trauma Center and a level II and III certified Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Inpatient and outpatient services include surgery, cardiology, oncology and behavioral health programs. National recognition includes accolades from Thomson Reuters, American Nurses Credentialing Center, U.S. News & World Report, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and Gallup. Currently the hospital has nearly 5,000 employees and a medical staff of 450 physicians. For more information, visit centracare.com.
 

Photos from the Award Ceremony


  

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