Unit 6C Surgery and Trauma, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC

Unit 6C Surgery and Trauma, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC

Unit 6C Surgery and Trauma at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC, recently 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.

Charles “Wes” Foster, MSN, BA, RN, CMSRN, CCCTM, OCN, a director on the MSNCB Board of Directors, presented Pam Cross, RN, manager of the 6C unit, and her entire nursing team, with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a June 6, 2018, ceremony at the Raleigh campus.

"This is an outstanding achievement for our team and thoroughly well deserved,” said Cindy Boily, RN, WakeMed senior vice president and chief nursing officer."

“This is an outstanding achievement for our team and thoroughly well deserved,” said Cindy Boily, RN, WakeMed senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “This amazing team of nurses represent the best of the best, and their commitment to continuous learning, advocacy for their patients and high-quality care for our patients, their families and our community is unmatched.”

The achievement of this award by Unit 6C will also be announced on the AMSN and MSNCB websites, on social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

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 work environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

View complete information about the AMSN PRISM Award, email amsn-info@amsn.org or call 866-877-AMSN.

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. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

Photos from the Award Ceremony