NMMC Presents Excellence in Nursing Awards
TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center presented its Excellence in Nursing awards on May 10 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 Bessie Pierce, unit coordinator on 6 South. 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. She lives in Saltillo with her son, 9-year-old Malachi Pierce.
- Nursing Support Staff Excellence was presented to Clara Bean of Okolona. 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. She has four children—Mario, 13; Shamaria, 11; Jayvin, 16; and Dallas, 2. She is a member of Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Houlka, and the Order of the Eastern Star Naomi Chapter #442 of Houston.
- Rookie Excellence was awarded to Tonia Page, RN, of 6 South. Page, who lives in Tupelo with her husband, Randy, 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 was presented to Cheryl Russell, RN, of Pontotoc, nursing director at Women’s Hospital. 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. She and her husband, Tim, have a daughter, Mackenzie Gregory; a son, Jordan Russell; and a 16-month-old granddaughter, Bella Gregory. She is a member of Green Valley Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
- Excellence in Education was awarded to Paige Nabors, RN, of Fulton, 6 South clinical nurse educator. 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. Sher serves on the Peripherally Inserted Centralized Catheter (PICC) nursing team. She and her husband, Will, have two children—Eli, 9; and Grayson, 4. She attends Fulton Church of God of Prophecy, volunteers as nurse for church youth camps and teaches CPR classes.
- Excellence in Mentorship was presented to Amanda Robinson, RN, of Mooreville. 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 and serves on 4 West. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Christian Nurses Fellowship and Crosspointe Ministries.
- Nurse Manager Excellence was presented to Katie Goff, RN, of Mantachie, nurse manager for 6 South. 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. She lives in Mantachie with her husband, Nathan, and attends Mantachie Church of Christ. They have a daughter, Jessica, and three grandchildren— Riley, Dustin and Kaylee.
- RN Excellence was awarded to Nancy Breaux, RN, of Saltillo, staff nurse with NMMC Hematology Oncology. A native of Caledonia, 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. She is married to Franklin Breaux and has four grown children—Danielle Passmore and Matthew, David and William Breaux. She is a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Saltillo, where her husband pastored for 20 years, and currently attends Grace Baptist Church.
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