Unit 2 West, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY

St. Francis Hospital Unit 2 West Receives AMSN PRISM Award for Exemplary Practice.
L-R: Ildi Kutasi RN; Shirley Gonzales PCA; Young Mi Seo RN; Sharon Alleyne PCA; Danielle Rodriguez RN, ANM; Ana Leah Apil RN, NM; Allison Obrien PCA, Kathleen Engber RN Director of Education;  Meghan Murphy RN; Allison Rudkin RN, ANM; Jessica Jost PCA; Danielle Murphy RN; Donna Frusciante PCA; Sr. Katherine Murphy RN, CNS; Rachel Cowan RN, ANM; Donna Rebelo RN, AVP of Nursing.

Medsurg Unit 2 West at 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.


St. Francis Hospital Unit 2 West Receives AMSN PRISM Award for Exemplary Practice.

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.

AMSN Treasurer Jane Lacovara, MSN, CMSRN, CNS-BC, and PRISM Award Reviewer Karen Lange, MS, NE-BC, RN, CMSRN, presented the Unit 2 West with the PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony July 14, 2014, at the hospital.

The award for 2 West will also be announced at the 2014 AMSN Annual Convention in Florida in September; on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites and social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

The unit is the third at St. Francis to receive the award.

At the ceremony, hospital administrators congratulated the unit and described the nurses as a team of professionals who go above and beyond to care for patients and exceed expectations daily.


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

L-R: Ildi Kutasi RN; Shirley Gonzales PCA; Young Mi Seo RN; Sharon Alleyne PCA; Danielle Rodriguez RN, ANM; Ana Leah Apil RN, NM; Allison Obrien PCA, Kathleen Engber RN Director of Education;  Meghan Murphy RN; Allison Rudkin RN, ANM; Jessica Jost PCA; Danielle Murphy RN; Donna Frusciante PCA; Sr. Katherine Murphy RN, CNS; Rachel Cowan RN, ANM; Donna Rebelo RN, AVP of Nursing.