Published on March 08, 2021

NMMC Presents DAISY Award to Turner

Becky Turner accepts Daisy award

Presenting Becky Turner (center) with NMMC’s DAISY Award are (from left) David Wilson, president; Jennifer Caldwell, director of nursing for Women’s Hospital; and Ellen Friloux, vice president of Women and Children’s Services.

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has awarded its most recent DAISY Award to registered nurse Becky Turner of Women’s Hospital.

Turner was nominated by a coworker whose husband suffered a stroke while she was at work and was transported to NMMC by ambulance. “I couldn’t just leave without finding someone to cover for me,” the coworker wrote. “I called Becky and without hesitation she said, ‘I’ll be there in about 50 minutes. Go give the phone to the charge nurse in Labor and Delivery and I’ll be there. Go see about your husband.’”

The coworker said Turner’s act was truly a selfless act, as she had been headed to a relative’s funeral. “I was a family member on the other side of the equation now,” she wrote. “Becky was putting others before herself, showing kindness and compassion in words and positive actions.”

A native of Kentucky, Turner now resides in Oxford. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville, Arkansas in 1999. She worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NMMC Women’s Hospital from 2004-2006 and rejoined the NMMC staff in 2008 as part of the Nursing Resource Pool. She now serves as nursing supervisor at Women’s Hospital.

She is currently enrolled in the RN to MSN program at the University of North Alabama and will complete her master’s degree in nursing in May 2023. Turner 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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