Excellence in Nursing Awards

Excellence in Nursing is an award bestowed upon those who have been recognized by their peers for providing exemplary, high-quality patient care, compassion and community service. Modeled after the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, Excellence in Nursing at North Mississippi Medical Center was developed over 30 years ago. The award celebrates and elevates our nurses who go “beyond the call.”

Nurses at North Mississippi Medical Center unite behind a vision of becoming the provider of the best patient- and family-centered care and health services in America. Excellence is an expectation in our nursing practice. Our organization celebrates those who advocate for our patients at an elite level, combining clinical excellence with outstanding personal service.

2019 Winners

Unit Coordinator Excellence

Miranda EddieMiranda Eddie
5 Central
Miranda Eddie of Shannon is a unit coordinator, certified nursing assistant and monitor technician. She studied computer programming and joined the NMMC staff 12 years ago. Eddie is a member of the Dyamonds and Pearls Social Club and Mystery Ryderz Motorcycle/Social Club. She is married to Dexter Eddie and has three children—Jaliah McNeal, Terrile Eddie and Elijah Eddie. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Nursing Support Staff Excellence

Ashley OakesAshley Oakes
Pediatrics
Ashley Oakes is a unit coordinator, nursing assistant and monitor technician. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she attended Northeast Mississippi Community College. She also assists Dr. Paul Brezina of Fertility Associates of Memphis with his satellite clinic in Tupelo. Oakes is a member of the Asthma Coalition and volunteered with Camp Breathe Ezzzze and Pediatric Fun Day. She and her husband, Chris, have two sons—Jacob and Caleb. They attend West Main Church of Christ.

Rookie Excellence

Chelsea CokerChelsea Coker, RN
6 South
Chelsea Coker, RN, of Tremont joined the NMMC staff in June 2018. She graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She is certified as a tuberculosis nurse and as a preceptor, and is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association. She is the daughter of BJ and Cynthia Canup and the wife of Caul Coker. She attends First Baptist Church in Tremont and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

Non-Traditional Nursing Excellence

Lisa RoperLisa Roper, RN
Case Management/6 South
Lisa Roper, RN, of Plantersville holds an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. Roper joined the NMMC staff 16 years ago as a surgical technician for cardiovascular surgery. She also worked as a registered nurse, circulating nurse and nurse manager for cardiovascular surgery before assuming her current role. She and her husband, Rocky, attend Shiloh United Methodist Church in Nettleton. She also volunteers monthly with F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry.

Excellence in Education

Lana BurnettLana Burnett, RN
Continuing Education Manager
Lana Burnett, RN, of Tupelo earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women. She is an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support, and is Training Center coordinator for American Heart Association courses taught at NMMC. She has been employed at NMMC for 32 years and was a staff nurse on the cardiology unit and continuing education specialist prior to assuming her current role. She also serves as chair of the Northern Approver Committee for continuing education for the Mississippi Nurses Association. She and her husband, Phil, have two sons—Cody (wife Kathleen) and Luke. They attend Word of Life Church. 

Excellence in Mentorship

Mary PruittMary Pruitt, RN
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Mary Pruitt, RN, of Tupelo earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. Pruitt joined the NMMC staff 34 years ago and has served as a preceptor and mentor for many nurses over the years. She and her husband, William, have two children—William and Ashley. She actively volunteers with Girl Scouts and at New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc, where she serves in the youth department and choir, and teaches young adult Sunday School.

Nurse Manager Excellence

Amanda FosterAmanda Foster, RN
Nurse Manager/Educator, Pediatrics
Amanda Foster, RN, of Booneville, nurse manager/educator for the Pediatrics unit. A Baldwyn native, Foster joined the NMMC staff 18 years ago. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She and her husband, Stephen, have three children—Kaitlyn, Connor and Ethan. Foster serves on the Excel by 5 Steering Committee and is a member of the Asthma Coalition and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honorary. The family attends Casey Creek Baptist Church.

RN Excellence

Jessi MillerJessi Miller, RN
Charge Nurse, 6 South
Jessi Miller, RN, of Smithville earned an associate degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing from MUW. She joined the NMMC staff four years ago and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Stroke Life Support, and is tuberculosis certified. She and her husband, Jordan, and their son, Silas, attend Open Door Worship in Fulton.

Advanced Practice Excellence

Eddie DaltonEddie Dalton, CRNA
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Women's Hospital
Eddie Dalton, CRNA, of Tupelo, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the NMMC Women’s Hospital. Originally from Endville, Dalton earned associate degrees in electronics and nursing from Itawamba Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. He completed his master’s degree and CRNA training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dalton joined the NMMC staff 37 years ago as a biomedical technician and also previously worked in dialysis and the Emergency Department. He completed the CREATE Foundation’s Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute and founded Eddie’s Fund through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, which provides meal tickets for families with extended stays at NMMC Women’s Hospital. He and his wife, Lisa, have two grown daughters—Kim Bucci and Dana Loden. They attend Sycamore Church.