Published on January 09, 2018

Raper Named for DAISY Award

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse April Cole Raper of the Emergency Department recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for October 2017.

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.

A resident of Hackleburg, Ala., Raper earned an associate degree in nursing from Northwest Shoals Community College. She joined the NMMC Emergency Department staff in April 2012. She previously won NMMC’s DAISY Award in August 2016.

Raper was nominated by a patient who had come to the Emergency Department with severe stomach pain. “I was scared and in such pain that it would nearly take my breath away,” the patient wrote. While the patient was worried, “She assured me that she would help me all the way,” the nomination states. “I couldn’t have done it without her help. She was so caring, considerate, thoughtful and professional.” Raper also mailed the patient a card, which she received after her hospital stay.

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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