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Nightingale Awards

NMMC is proud to join the Mississippi Nurses Association and Mississippi Nurses Foundation in honoring the finest in health care.


Heather Bowen, RN, a clinical educator at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital Surgery and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit,was selected by the Mississippi Nurses Association as Nurse of the Year for 2012.

Bowen joined the NMMC staff in 2003. She previously served as a registered nurse on 5 West and circulating nurse for NMMC and Women’s Hospital Surgery. She attended Tupelo High School and earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in 2003 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama in 2008. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support and neonatal resuscitation.

She serves on NMMC’s Shared Governance Quality Council and the GE/ASIS (Anesthesia Surgical Information System) Team. She is a Performance Improvement Collector for her department, meaning that she collects data on performance and works with staff to continually make improvements. She is also her department’s Safety Officer, ensuring that patients and co-workers are provided a safe environment for care.

Bowen was named an NMMC All Star and received NMMC’s RN Excellence in Nursing Award, both in 2011. She is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses and NMMC Spirit of Women, and volunteers with Project Hope, March of Dimes, American Red Cross and United Way. She and her husband Shane have two sons, Devin and Braden.


Stephanie Inmon, RN, of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Home Health Agency has received the 2010 Nurse Researcher of the Year Nightingale Award from the Mississippi Nurses Association and Foundation.

Inmon has been an NMMC employee for 16 years and currently serves as a care manager. She previously worked on the neurology floor at NMMC before transferring to Home Health in 1994.

A 1991 graduate of South Pontotoc Attendance Center, Inmon earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in 1993. She became certified in gerontological nursing in 1997. She and her husband Glen live in Pontotoc and have three sons—Barron, Reed and Hayden. The family attends First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.


Click here for NMMC's 2009 Nightingale Award winners.