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Summer Bryant
2021 Marks AMSN’s 30th Anniversary!

It is amazing to think that AMSN has been supporting and educating medical-surgical nurses for three decades.

AMSN plans to have lots of fun celebrating 2021 and our medical-surgical nursing specialty so check the AMSN Connections app, make sure AMSN has your email so you get the information about weekly contests in your inbox, and check the website frequently to find information about the activities and fun.

>> AMSN Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

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Speaking of the AMSN website, there are several items to check out. Registration has opened for our 30th Annual 2021 Convention.

Right now, we are hoping to have it in person, but it will also be offered virtually. Our virtual convention last year was so much fun, we decided to continue the virtual component for future conventions. The conference will be held September 29th-October 3rd at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida.

If you know you are going to attend either in person or virtually, register now—early bird pricing is open until March 31st! Do not forget to check out the Grants and Scholarships section of our website to apply for a convention grant to assist you in covering costs.

30 years! It is amazing to think that AMSN has been supporting and educating medical-surgical nurses for three decades!

Each year, AMSN recognizes a few deserving members with some special awards. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Clinical Practice Award and the Clinical Leadership Award through March 31st. I hope you will consider nominating your colleagues for one of these prestigious awards.

Recognizing a peer for their dedication to their patients and their impact on medical-surgical nursing can be just as rewarding for the person nominating the recipient. Recipients get special recognition at the annual convention and highlighted in our social media and publications.   

Another way to recognize your peers and your unit team is to apply for the AMSN PRISM Award®. If you have not looked into it, the AMSN PRISM Award is co-sponsored by AMSN and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). PRISM stands for Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg.

It was created at the request of AMSN members who wanted an award to recognize the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units. It definitely takes a team to write about how your unit exemplifies and meets the criteria, and receiving the award validates your hard work and dedication to high quality patient care. There is no end date to submit a PRISM Award application; they are always being accepted.

March also brings us Certified Nurses Day. Celebrating your certification is a way to give yourself some recognition on March 19th. If you are not yet certified, March 19th would be a great day to commit to becoming certified or to sign up for an exam date. I wrote about my certification journey and how proud I am of my CMSRN certification in last month’s blog—check it out if you need a little motivation.

Thank you for helping us make it to our 30th anniversary. There would be no AMSN without our valued members, and we could not be more proud of the work you do day in and day out to care for your patients and each other.  

Please continue to let us know how we can support and celebrate you!

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