Published on September 24, 2020

Bishop Receives DAISY Award

Karen Bishop receives award

Presenting Karen Bishop (second from right) with NMMC’s most recent DAISY Award are (from left) Ellen Friloux, vice president for Women and Children’s Services; Jennifer Caldwell, director of nursing at Women’s Hospital; Emily Edwards, director of nursing practice; and David Wilson, NMMC president.

TUPELO, Miss.—Registered nurse Karen Bishop of the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital recently received NMMC’s most recent DAISY Award.

“Karen was there from Day 1 helping me breastfeed my baby,” wrote a patient in her nomination. Bishop worked closely with the patient’s doctor to resolve a medication issue. “Karen went above and beyond to get the issue resolved. Karen came back to check on me and continued to check on me throughout my stay. She even checked on me and my baby at our Newborn Follow-up visit. I thank Karen for recognizing my pain and for going out of her way to fix the situation. We are still going strong in our breastfeeding journey!” the patient wrote. 

Bishop joined NMMC’s Maternal Child Unit in October 1979 as a licensed practical nurse after training at the former Itawamba Junior College in Fulton. She continued working with maternity patients at Women’s Hospital when it opened in 1986. She earned her associate degree in nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville in 2005 and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 18 years.

She and her husband, Jerry, live in Tupelo. They have one daughter, Julia (Justin) Milstead, and a 7-year-old grandson, William.

Bishop 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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