Press Release

Fourth Med-Surg Unit at St. Francis Receives Top Honor for Nursing Excellence

November 9th, 2016

ROSLYN, NY – The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board have given the 1 East Nursing Unit at St. Francis Hospital the PRISM award for exemplary nursing practice.

PRISM, which stands for Premier Recognition in the Specialty of Med-Surg, is the first award of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the U.S. Three other nursing units at St. Francis—2 West, 2 East, 1 West and now 1 East—currently have the award, bringing the total number to four.

“This latest national award for nursing excellence is a testament to the superior care we provide to patients on our medical-surgical units,” said Ann Cella, MA, M.Ed, R., NEA-BC, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer at St. Francis. “PRISM, along with our other major recognitions such as Magnet and Beacon, reflect our consistent focus on offering the very best in patient care.”

In order to achieve PRISM status, medical-surgical units must demonstrate sustained excellence by exhibiting:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • Healthy work environment
  • Lifelong learning of unit staff members

Only 18 Medical Surgical Units in the U.S. currently have PRISM awards. St. Francis is the only hospital in New York State to have achieved PRISM status and the only one in the country that
has four units with this prestigious recognition.

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