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Medical-Surgical Nursing Team at Virtua Voorhees Receives AMSN PRISM Award® for Exemplary Practice

  Prism Award Photo 5-2018

A medical-surgical nursing team at Virtua Voorhees hospital accepts the AMSN PRISM Award for Exemplary Practice. Shown with Team 7A are Dennis Pullin (far left), President and CEO of Virtua, and Tracy Carlino (far right), Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Virtua. 

Voorhees, NJ (CNBNewsnet) – A medical-surgical nursing unit at Virtua Voorhees hospital 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.

Officials representing AMSN and MSNCB presented the Virtua Voorhees team with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a recent ceremony at the hospital. The achievement of this award by Virtua Voorhees will also be announced on the AMSN and MSNCB websites, on social media sites, and in AMSN and MSNCB publications.

“I’m very proud of our nurses for achieving this distinguished award,” said Dennis Pullin, President and CEO of Virtua. “This medical-surgical unit is a great example of the excellent nursing care provided throughout our organization. They deliver patient-centered care tirelessly, day in and day out.”

The PRISM award is based on a rigorous review process, noted Tracy Carlino, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Virtua: “This award takes a thorough look at all aspects of a unit, not just nursing care. It considers evidenced-base care, the leadership of the unit, and many other aspects of quality. ”

This is the third Virtua nursing unit to receive a PRISM award, Carlino noted. Past recipients are a team at Virtua Marlton hospital and another unit at Virtua Voorhees.

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, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

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

For more information about Virtua Voorhees, visit or call (888) 847-8823.  

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; is a professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing.