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June 6, 2018

WakeMed nursing team 2nd in N.C. and 30th in the World to Receive Honor

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6, 2018) – The medical-surgical nursing unit at WakeMed Raleigh Campus recently received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units. WakeMed’s medical-surgical nursing team is the second in the state and the 30th in the world to receive the award. 

The award, which stands for Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg, is the first of its kind honoring medical-surgery nursing units in the world.  It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).

An official representing AMSN and MSNCB presented Pam Cross, RN, manager, WakeMed medical-surgical nursing unit, with the AMSN PRISM award during a ceremony on June 6 at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. 

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

Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the AMSN PRISM award in 2012.  The award celebrates medical-surgical units that exhibit:

  • Effective leadership
  • Recruitment and retention of competent staff members
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Positive patient outcomes
  • A health 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, according to AMSN. Medical-surgical nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym PRISM was chosen for the award. 

For more information about AMSN, visit amsn.org. 


About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all.

The 919-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center.

WakeMed’s team of more than 9,100 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and the more than 300 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.


The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses 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 Certification Board is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing. 


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