Published on November 09, 2020

Franks Honored with DAISY Award

Mary Ann Franks receives award

Presenting registered nurse Mary Ann Franks (second from left) with NMMC’s DAISY Award are (from left) Kristen Long, senior director of nursing; Alicia Gardner, 3 West nurse manager; and David Wilson, president.

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Mary Ann Franks of 3 West recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s DAISY Award.

Franks was nominated by the daughter of a patient on 3 West. “Nurse Mary Ann was very caring and compassionate to my Mom during our stay at NMMC,” her nomination states. “Nurse Mary Ann reacted instantly to the change in my Mom’s stats as her blood pressure caused both of us alarm.”

The patient’s daughter complimented Franks on showing control and concern along with compassion while maintaining professionalism. “Nurse Mary Ann’s care gave me peace of mind during our last few days at NMMC,” she wrote. “I was blessed to have her as my Mom’s nurse.”

After working in several different roles, Franks changed careers and earned an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2011. A Nettleton resident, she joined the staff of NMMC’s 3 West that year. Franks continued her education and completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in May.

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

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