Published on April 28, 2022

RNs Nominated for Rookie Excellence Award

TUPELO, Mississippi—Several registered nurses have been nominated by their peers for North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rookie Excellence Award.

            NMMC presents Excellence in Nursing awards in several categories and will honor each winner on their unit during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Caitlin Buchanan

Certified licensed practical nurse Caitlin Buchanan joined Belmont Family Medical Clinic in May 2021. A 2016 graduate of Kossuth High School, she received her LPN diploma from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2020. She and her husband, Jonathon, live in Tishomingo and have a daughter, Charlee, and another child due in July.

Ashley Carpenter

Registered nurse Ashley Price Carpenter serves as charge nurse on 6 South. She joined the NMMC staff in June 2021 after earning her associate degree in nursing from NEMCC. She graduated from Pontotoc High School in 2017 and also holds an associate of arts degree from NEMCC. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support and TB surveillance and testing. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Pontotoc and attend First United Methodist Church there.

Symone Edwards

Registered nurse Symone Edwards joined the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the NMMC Women’s Hospital in July 2021. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 2010 and earned her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. She is certified in Basic Life Support and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program. She lives in Tupelo, where she mentors young girls at church and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Kathryn lowery

Certified licensed practical nurse Kathryn Lowery of Amory has been with NMMC’s 6 South since September 2021. A 2014 graduate of Aberdeen High School, she earned an associate degree from ICC in 2016 before completing CLPN training there in 2021. She is married to Phillip Lowery and has two children, Braeden Strong and Blessing Lowery.

Jeremy Murphree

Registered nurse Jeremy Murphree joined 3 Central in July 2021 after serving an externship and internship at NMMC. He attended Houston High School and worked in manufacturing and construction for 15 years before pursuing his associate degree in nursing from ICC. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and TB skin testing. He and his wife, Misty, have four children—Peyton, Kaitlynn, Alyssa and Reagan. They attend First Pentecostal Church in Houston.

Haley Senter

Registered nurse Haley Senter joined NMMC’s 2 West in July 2021. She graduated from Tremont High School in 2017 and earned her associate degree in nursing, as well as an associate of arts degree, in 2021. She and her husband, Austin, live in the Fairview Community of Itawamba County.

LaShonda Gail Smith

Registered nurse LaShonda Gail Smith of Belmont joined 3 South in May 2020 and completed a nursing externship and internship at NMMC. She graduated from high school in Red Bay, Alabama, in 2000 and earned her associate degree in nursing from ICC in 2021. She is certified in Basic Life Support and TB skin testing. She and her husband, DJ, have three children—Sydny, River and Emmi Rain. She is an active member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Iuka.

For more information about joining the NMMC team, visit www.nmhs.net/careers or email recruit@nmhs.net.

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