Published on May 09, 2018

Harris Named for NMMC DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Stephen Harris of the Resource Pool recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for April 2018.

He 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.

A Houston resident, Harris completed training at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Oxford to become a licensed practical nurse in 2007. He joined the NMMC staff in October of that year. He completed his associate degree in nursing from Holmes Community College in Grenada in 2013. Aside from brief stints at NMMC-Pontotoc and on 3 Central, he has worked in the hospital’s Resource Pool throughout his tenure.

Harris was nominated by the nurse manager on the unit where he was working. “A patient was on the unit who had suffered from depression for over six months. Due to the depression, she was insecure about her condition as well as losing her hair. The end result was she needed a very short haircut,” the nomination states.

Harris, who has prior experience, was asked to cut the patient’s hair. “He went to the patient’s room and spent as much time as he needed to ensure she had a haircut that was presentable. He took time with this patient; he showed compassion and love for her,” the nomination states. “He gave her the perfect cut and assured her how great she looked with the new cut.”

It was also noted that Harris made time for the patient, who was not assigned to him, and made her feel like she was the only patient on the unit.

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

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