Published on October 11, 2019

Barham Receives DAISY Award

James Barham

Presenting James Barham (center) with NMMC’s DAISY Award for July are Kristen Long, senior nursing director; and David Wilson, president.

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse James Barham of NMMC’s Critical Care Unit recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award for July.

“Some nurses are just called to care. James Barham is an example of how this profession is a calling,” Barham’s nomination states. “He has gone beyond that calling to give one patient his right to dignity.”

The nomination explained that Barham recognized symptoms in one of his patients and reported it right away; a physician confirmed the diagnosis and started aggressive treatment. Unfortunately, treatment was unsuccessful. The patient’s final wish was to pass away at home in familiar surroundings. Toward the end of Barham’s shift, the patient expressed worry that he wouldn’t make it home, but Barham promised to stay until he was transported home by ambulance.

“His exemplary efforts and dedication to fulfilling his patient’s last wishes is the paragon of caring, and the actions he took are the model of what NMMC wishes to provide through its CARES values and mission statement,” his nomination states.

A Pontotoc resident, Barham first joined NMMC’s staff in 2010 in the Emergency Services Department business office. He earned an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2017. He joined NMMC’s 3 South staff in 2016 and transferred to CCU three months ago.

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.

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 For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email

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