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Excellence in Nursing Awards

 

Advanced Practice Excellence

Amy Beachum earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Carey University and a master’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She joined the NMMC staff 12 years ago and is a nurse practitioner with the Orthopedic Trauma Program. “She has been with the Ortho Trauma program since the very first day and has guided every process in the development,” her nomination states. “There is rarely a day that goes by that Amy doesn’t spend between 10-12 hours at the hospital and clinic. Amy has had a great impact on the outcomes of our patients.”

 

 


RN Excellence

Samantha Bell holds an associate’s degree in nursing. She joined the NMMC staff 12 years ago and currently serves as charge nurse on 5 West. “We are blessed to have Samantha remaining at the bedside providing superb care to oncology patients and their family members, while passing on her tremendous skills to future generations,” her nomination states. “Her patients are never able to detect that she is having a busy day, because she treats each one like they are the only one that she has to care for.”

 

 

 


Rookie Excellence

Sharon Cox earned her associate’s degree in nursing from MUW. She joined the NMMC staff nine months ago and is a nurse for 6 South. “Sharon demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and provides exceptional care to her patients,” her nomination states. “She is well on her way to becoming one of the best staff nurses at NMMC.”

 

 

 


Excellence in Education

Shana Cummings earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and her master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She joined the NMMC staff 13 years ago and is a clinical nurse educator for 3 North, 5 South and Dialysis. “Shana’s true calling was realized when she accepted the position of nurse educator,” her nomination states. “She has a passion for knowledge and a knack for ensuring that this is shared with staff. Shana never misses an opportunity to teach!”

 

 

 


Nursing Assistant Excellence

Lawanda Gaston joined the NMMC staff 17 years ago in Food and Nutrition Services and currently serves as a certified nursing assistant. “She inspires others to work as a team because she truly feels like this helps the patient to receive the best outcome,” her nomination states. “Her attitude is always positive and she can always be seen with a smile on her face.”

 

 

 


Nurse Manager Excellence

Katie Goff became a licensed practical nurse through ICC and earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College. She joined the NMMC staff 32 years ago and is a nurse manager for 6 South. “Through sheer determination and hard work, Katie has overcome obstacles to become one of the most dedicated, caring and hardworking employees at NMMC,” her nomination states. “Katie is an invaluable team leader that has not forgotten the difficult role of bedside nursing.”

 

 

 

Clinical Practice Excellence

Lisa Hester earned her associate’s degree from ICC and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from MUW. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care administration from the UMMC. She joined the NMMC staff six years ago and serves as charge nurse for 4 South. “She possesses many qualities of a great nurse, but the one that stands out is her dedication to sound clinical practice and providing exceptional patient care,” her nomination states.

 

 

 

Excellence in Mentorship

Joyce Johnson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. A resident of Prairie, she joined the NMMC staff seven years ago and worked as an LPN/CLPN before assuming her current role as a registered nurse on 4 West. “From the time that she came to the unit as a licensed practical nurse, until the time she began to work as a registered nurse, Joyce has mentored and led others to be successful in their role,” her nomination states. “Joyce enjoyed mentoring and educating others so much, she went back to further her education to obtain her master’s degree in order to teach nursing at the university level.”

 

Excellence in Non-Traditional Nursing

Kristen Long earned her associate’s degree in nursing from ICC, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing from UMMC. She joined the NMMC staff eight years ago and works in Surgical Services administration as the Orthopedic Trauma Program Clinical Coordinator. “Kristen is an excellent resource for the ortho trauma physicians because of the amount of experience she has had while working at NMMC,” her nomination states. “No matter what roles and responsibilities she takes on, she works hard to ensure she excels at her role.”

 

Unit Coordinator Excellence

Carla Spears attended Itawamba Community College. She joined the NMMC staff 34 years ago and serves as unit coordinator for 4 West. “Carla has seen the unit through thick and thin, and has obtained a wealth of knowledge during her time here,” her nomination states. “Whether it be policy changes, computer system changes or unit location changes, Carla has been there to see the unit, physicians and staff through it.”

 

 

Nursing Technician Excellence

Tressa Walker attended ICC. She joined the NMMC staff 14 years ago and serves as a secretary/restorative technician for the Bariatric Center. “She is very committed to being successful in her position on the bariatric unit,” her nomination states. “Having been a past patient on the unit, she understands the fears, pain and urgency felt by the patients to obtain a healthier lifestyle.”