Published on August 10, 2018

Taggart Retires After 33-Year Nursing Career

Amy Hawkins Taggart, RN, has retired from North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point with 33 years of service.

Taggart graduated from West Point High School in 1974 and, after receiving secretarial training, worked briefly as a receptionist. She worked from 1975-1982 at Babcock and Wilcox in West Point before being laid off and deciding to go to nursing school.

Taggart earned her associate degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 1985 and joined the hospital staff shortly thereafter. Mainly a Med/Surg nurse, she also worked in Labor and Delivery and the Emergency Department over the years, and she served as a charge nurse. She became Dr. Andrew Wartak’s nurse in 1994 and worked alongside him at West Point Internal Medicine until retiring.

She married Stanley Taggart in 2015, and they live in Columbus. She has a daughter, 23- year-old Sydney Hawkins, who lives in Nebraska, and a step-daughter, Denise Taggart, who lives in Columbus. They have three grandchildren—Ivee Blaylock, and Walker and Dixie Long—of Columbus.

Except for a brief stint during nursing school, Taggart has worked since she was 18 years old and plans to take retirement “one day at a time and just enjoy myself.” “I will miss my friends, Dr. Wartak and the patients,” she said. “A lot of them I have known for a long time.”

In addition to preparing for her daughter’s Sept. 1 wedding, Taggart hopes to play a lot of golf, garden, knit, exercise and read.

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