Published on February 06, 2019

Mitchell Receives DAISY Award

Cami Mitchell photoTUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Cami Mitchell of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for January 2019.

Mitchell was nominated by a mother whose premature infant suffered a brain bleed and collapsed lung. “The doctors and nurses were uncertain of her long-term outcome,” the mother wrote. “I was scared to stay in the NICU, but on my first night, I was welcomed with open arms by Cami. She took me in and made me feel like one of her family members. This is just the beginning of our story.”

Throughout the baby’s stay in the NICU, Mitchell continued to check on her, even when she was not assigned to the patient. “She would share an encouraging word and let us know she was praying for us. She would also message me on her days off to check on our baby,” the mother wrote. The baby was transferred to Birmingham for surgery and spent several weeks there before returning to NMMC. “Cami continued to check on us,” the mother wrote. “She even made a special trip to Birmingham to see our baby.” When they turned to NMMC’s NICU, Mitchell insisted on feeding the baby so her mother could get some rest.

A resident of Hamilton, Ala., Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile in 2009. She worked as a pediatric nurse and school nurse in Pascagoula. In 2013, she joined the NICU at University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and she has also done several travel nursing stints. In November 2017, she joined the NICU staff at the NMMC Women’s Hospital.

She received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email daisyawards@nmhs.net.

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