Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s medical-surgical unit on 5-South has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award.

The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

It is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the U.S. and internationally. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). The award, which was launched in October 2012, is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg.

“This isn’t an award that’s given easily,” said Kelly Hulsey, chief nursing officer for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “This award recognizes the nursing team on 5-South as exemplary. These nurses truly live Piedmont’s mission to make a positive difference in every life we touch.”

There are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the U.S. 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.

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