Porter Adventist Hospital Medical-Surgical Unit is First in Colorado to Receive AMSN PRISM Award® for Nursing Excellence

(Denver, Colo.) – Centura Health – Porter Adventist Hospital has become the first in the state to receive 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.

Officials representing AMSN and MSNCB will present the Porter Center for Joint Replacement at Porter Adventist Hospital with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during an upcoming ceremony. The unit cares for total joint replacement patients, including patients of Centura Health’s Colorado Joint Replacement. The achievement of this award will also be announced on the AMSN and MSNCB websites, on social media sites; and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“It validates the excellent care that we give,” clinical nurse manager Kelly Rawlings said. “It really makes the nurses feel recognized which is so important. Patients are often here because they have great surgeons, but it’s wonderful to receive an award that recognizes our nurses and the great outcomes they provide for patients.”

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 650,000 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.

Learn more about Porter Adventist Hospital and Colorado Joint Replacement.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSES (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. The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB; www.msncb.org) is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.

For more information about AMSN and the AMSN PRISM Award, visit amsn.org or contact the association at amsn-info@amsn.org or 866-877-AMSN.

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