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DAISY Award Recipient – Miranda Mercer

Posted on August 5, 2020
Miranda Mercer, RN

For nurses who provide extraordinary care at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, we honor them through The DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. Miranda Mercer received the DAISY Award for July.

Miranda is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for 3 years. She currently works on 3 North on the third floor. She chose to work at MHHS because she felt right at home.

Miranda is from Greeneville, TN and graduated from Walter’s State Community College in Morristown and obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Her goal in her time at MHHS is to create a lifelong career of giving love to her patients to make their lives better.

Miranda says her family is who inspired her to be a nurse and her greatest accomplishment is overcoming her obstacles of her adolescent years. “I wouldn’t be where I am without my mother and grandparents,” said Miranda.

When asked what the DAISY Award meant to her, Miranda said, “This award makes me feel appreciative of everything (more so than normal). It shows I am doing what I should be for my patients.”


Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. If you are interested in nominating a nurse at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System for the DAISY award, please click here to nominate. 

Shannon Grimes, Nurse Manager (left), Miranda Mercer (middle), Aundrea Mills, CNO (right)

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.