The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports on the lack of faculty for nursing education at the baccalaureate level in Mississippi, where the average age of Nurse Educators is 52 years old. Healthcare is becoming more complex, and it requires new models of nursing care, along with nursing faculty that is up to date with recent advances and changes. The Mississippi State Action Coalition is working to create a diverse nursing workforce that will achieve higher levels of education as they improve the educational system.
Returning to nursing school for your graduate degree provides an opportunity for you to use your clinical skills and knowledge along with your passion for educating the next generation of nurses. A larger number of nursing faculty is necessary to meet the healthcare needs of the future. Mississippi has several universities that you can attend full-time or part-time, and many programs are online. Contact the nursing schools listed below that offer nursing education degrees in Mississippi to learn more about your options.
The typical nursing education program requires approximately 38 credit hours and 350-360 practicum hours to give you on-the-job training. There are a variety of settings for Nurse Educators, which include academia as instructors, advisers, researchers and teachers in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare settings, or you may be involved with staff development or as a clinical instructor.
The admission requirements for graduate level nursing programs in Mississippi is similar between universities and typically includes:
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution
- Unencumbered RN license in Mississippi and/or privileges to practice in the state where the student will have clinical practice
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Official transcripts from all academic work at the college level
- Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
- Some universities require the GRE with a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical section
- Clinical experience as a registered nurse for one year
- If English is not your primary language you must pass the TOEFL exam
- Three letters of recommendation
The curriculum for the full-time plan of study in a nursing education program in Mississippi is also similar across schools and includes:
- Discipline of Nursing
- Advance Health Assessment
- Finance and Leadership in Health Care Systems
- Foundations of Nurse Educator Role & Teaching Methods
- Health Policy & Population Health
- Nurse Educator Practicum I (90 clinical hours)
- Research Design and Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice
- Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
- Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
- Health Care Quality Improvement
- Informatics and Health Care Technology
- Educational Technology
- Direct Care Role of the Nursing Educator Practicum II (90 clinical hours)
- Curriculum & Program Development & Evaluation
- Nurse Educator Practicum III (180 clinical hours)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated 91 underserved areas and population in Mississippi. Some colleges offer courses to meet rural healthcare needs, such as Rural Family and Community Health and Healthcare Policy.
After graduation you are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the National League for Nursing, which is a mark of professionalism to include on your resume. The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam cost $375 if you are an NLN member and $475 if you are a non-member.
According to O'Net Online the mean annual income for Nursing Instructors for 2013 was $68,000. Some advantages of becoming a Nurse Educator include flexible scheduling and job security. Income is based not only on your education and credentials, but it is also based on your experience and your employer.
If you already have a master's degree, you may want to get your doctorate in a PhD or DNP program. The doctorate degree can open doors for new opportunities, such as teaching master's level courses or working in nursing research.
For tuition assistance, visit the Financial Aid Office, and complete a FAFSA application, which is a government grant program based on your income. Many universities have scholarships that are based on merit or for the disenfranchised.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning also offers financial assistance to graduate nursing students. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a loanrepayment program which requires two years of work in a Health Professional Shortage Area to receive up to $50,000 for education loan repayment. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing have a long list of financial aids on their website.
If you are ready to get your graduate degree, you have the opportunity to make an impact on the future of nursing as a whole by becoming a Nurse Educator in Mississippi. Request program information from the schools you see on our site to learn more.