Excellence in Nursing Awards

North Mississippi Medical Center's Excellence in Nursing Awards recognize and reward members of the NMMC nursing staff who exemplify standards of excellence. NMMC presents the Excellence in Nursing awards each May during National Nurses Week.

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2018 Winners

Unit Coordinator Excellence

Bessie Pierce photoBessie Pierce
Unit Coordinator, 6 South
Bessie Pierce attended Concorde Career College and Itawamba Community College-Tupelo campus. She joined the NMMC staff 10 years ago and also worked as a nursing assistant.

Nursing Support Staff Excellence

Clara Bean photoClara Bean
3 West
Clara Bean served as a certified nursing assistant for almost 18 years before joining the NMMC staff as a unit coordinator on 3 West more than two years ago.

Rookie Excellence

Tonia Page photoTonia Page, RN
6 South
Tonia Page joined the NMMC staff 20 years ago. She worked as a unit coordinator and an admissions/discharge specialist before earning her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in May 2017.

Non-Traditional Nursing Excellence

Cheryl Russell photoCheryl Russell, RN
Nursing Director, Women’s Hospital
Cheryl Russell earned an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women, and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She has worked at NMMC for 35 years, previously as a staff nurse and nurse manager. Russell is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Excellence in Education

Paige Nabors photoPaige Nabors, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator, 6 South
Paige Nabors earned her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and will graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in December as a family nurse practitioner. Nabors is a member of the American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association and Phi Kappa Phi. She has worked at NMMC for six years, previously as a staff nurse and relief charge nurse. She serves on the Peripherally Inserted Centralized Catheter (PICC) nursing team.

Excellence in Mentorship

Amanda Robinson photoAmanda Robinson, RN
4 West
Amanda Robinson earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women. She joined the NMMC staff three years ago. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Christian Nurses Fellowship and Crosspointe Ministries.

Nurse Manager Excellence

Katie Goff photoKatie Goff, RN
Nurse Manager, 6 South
Katie Goff earned an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College and is currently enrolled in the bachelor’s degree nursing program at Mississippi College. She has worked at NMMC for 36 years. Goff participates in her unit’s Feed the Family Day each quarter and all patient/family education activities.

RN Excellence

Nancy BreauxNancy Breaux, RN
Staff Nurse, NMMC Hematology Oncology
Nancy Breaux holds an associate degree in nursing and has 31 years of oncology experience. She is a certified oncology nurse and chemotherapy nurse, and joined the NMMC staff in August 2014.