Published on February 25, 2020

McKinney Honored with DAISY Award

Erin McKinney daisy award

Presenting Erin McKinney (center), registered nurse with the NMMC Behavioral Health Center, with NMMC’s DAISY Award for November 2019 are Dr. Raghavendran Gajagowni, psychiatrist, and Tina Samples, nursing supervisor.

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Erin McKinney of the Behavioral Health Center recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for November 2019.

McKinney was nominated by a patient who was admitted to the Behavioral Health Center from the Emergency Department for alcohol abuse and depression. The patient had soiled her only clothes and was wearing scrubs provided by the hospital. “Erin had a look of deep compassion on her face,” the patient wrote. “She went to her car and found me some clothes to wear. Not only did she do that, but she washed my soiled clothes and neatly folded them and placed them on my bed. She was my angel during my most desperate time of need.”

A 2001 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, McKinney earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in 2010.  She joined the NMMC Behavioral Health Center staff in 2011. In 2015 she completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. She is currently taking prerequisites and plans to pursue her master’s degree in nursing at MUW.

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. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at www.nmhs.net/daisy-award. For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email daisyawards@nmhs.net.

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