Published on May 16, 2017

NMMC Presents Excellence in Nursing Awards

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center presented its Excellence in Nursing awards on May 11 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.

NMMC’s Excellence in Nursing Awards recognize and reward members from the NMMC nursing staff who exemplify standards of excellence. This year's honorees include:

  • Unit Coordinator Excellence was presented to Tressa Walker, unit coordinator and monitor tech with the Bariatric Center. Walker is a 1982 graduate of Mantachie High School and attended Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She joined the NMMC staff in 2001 and worked as a nursing assistant on 6 South before assuming her current position. She resides in Verona and has two sons, Dante and Rashad Walker, and two grandchildren, Stormi and Tay. She is a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Mantachie and volunteers at the Tree of Life Free Clinic in Tupelo.

  • Nursing Support Staff Excellence was presented to Kathy Harris, certified nursing assistant with the Bariatric Center. Harris resides in Tupelo and has been employed by NMMC for 26 years.

  • Rookie Excellence was awarded to Melissa Tackett, RN, of 4 West. A Pontotoc native, Tackett holds an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. She joined the NMMC staff in 2016 and is a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

  • Non-Traditional Nursing Excellence was presented to Stephen Lyle Walker, RN, administrative supervisor. Walker earned two associate degrees from Northeast Mississippi Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He has been employed by NMMC for 27 years as a nurse in the Emergency Department and Medical Intensive Care Unit, and as a nursing supervisor before assuming his current position two years ago. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Tyler and Logan, and a daughter, Bailey, plus six grandchildren and another due in June. He lives in Ripley and is a member of Concord Baptist Church in the Dry Creek community of Tippah County. There he is involved with Men’s Brotherhood, and his father serves as pastor.

  • Excellence in Education was awarded to Brianna Scott, RN, Intermediate Care clinical nurse educator. Scott earned her associate degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama. She joined the NMMC staff five years ago as a charge nurse on 3 East pulmonary step-down unit. She and her husband, Shane, live in Booneville with their two Maltese, Lucy and Olsen. She is a member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, where she helps lead the college and career group.

  • Excellence in Mentorship was presented to Michelle “Micki” White, RN, 4 West charge nurse. White earned her associate degrees in nursing and psychology from Northwest-Shoals Community College. She holds a business administration degree from Athens State University. She joined NMMC’s 4 West 10 years ago and was named charge nurse shortly thereafter. White is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and has achieved Level III in NMMC’s ADVANCE program. She lives in Belmont with her daughter, Ansley.

  • Advanced Practice Excellence was awarded to Devin Fancher, FNP-C, nurse practitioner with Neurosurgical Services. Fancher earned her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She joined the NMMC staff in 2012 and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She and her husband, Grant, live in Pontotoc. She is a member of First United Methodist Church of Red Bay.

  • Nurse Manager Excellence was presented to Theresa Jenkins, RN, nurse manager for 5 West Oncology. Jenkins earned her associate degree in nursing from Northwest-Shoals Community College in Phil Campbell, Ala., and is preparing to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Mississippi University for Women. She joined the NMMC staff in 1992 and worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse before being named nurse manager in 2013. She lives in Golden and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She and her husband, Michael, have two children, Stephanie Johnson and Laura Thorne. She volunteers for the National Cancer Survivor Day celebration and assists with Relay for Life and Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure. She is a member of Northside Baptist Church in Red Bay.

  • RN Excellence was awarded to Nikki Cleveland, RN, charge nurse in Labor and Delivery. Cleveland earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and joined the NMMC staff in 2008. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, collects performance improvement data for Labor and Delivery and has achieved Level III in NMMC’s ADVANCE program. She and her husband, P.J., live in Belmont with their two sons, Cutler and Kiptyn. They attend Golden Central Baptist Church.

For more information about nursing opportunities at NMMC, email recruit@nmhs.net.

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