University of Illinois Health 5 East Medical-Surgical Unit


First Row Left to Right: Tye Dillard ACNO, Dr. Shelly Major CNO, Barbara Washington, Director of Patient Care Services, Mary RN, Emma NT, Kelly Banks CNS (center) Eva RN, Brendalyn NT, Maria RN, Elisa NT, Susanna, RN, Valsamma RN, Lorena NT. Second row left to right, Keir Mitchell Director of Therapy Services, Edlyn RN, Sunita RN, Isabel RN, Diane RN, Dr. Falker, Mike Zenn CEO, Dr. Hassan, Eva RN, Lakisha RN, Shiela RN, Linu RN, Marie RN, Dr. Vanderpool.

Chicago - The 5 East Medical-Surgical Unit 5 East at University of Illinois Health, in Chicago, IL, 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 and internationally. 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 President Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, CBN, CMSRN, GCNS-BC, presented 5 East with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony July 10, 2018, at the University of Illinois Hospital. The achievement of this award by 5 East will also be announced on the AMSN and MSNCB Websites, on social media, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“I am honored that nurses on 5 East have achieved this status, as they exemplify the qualities that define excellence in medical-surgical nursing," Shelly Major, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, UI Health Chief Nursing Officer said. “The AMSN PRISM Award is a public symbol of 5 East’s journey to optimal outcomes and exceptional patient care.”

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.

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.


About AMSN
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.

About MSNCB
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


MSNCB President, Antoinette Falker, Barbara J. Washington (Patient Care Director 5 East), Kelly Banks (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Victor Agoo (Former Patient Care Director of 5 East and 1st award recipient) and Julie Welsh (Retired Clinical Nurse Specialist and 1st Award recipient).