Named for the Mississippi River, Mississippi is dotted with Civil War battlefields, antebellum mansions, and landmarks of the Civil Rights movement. In 2005, the state was struck by Hurricane Katrina and suffered hundreds of deaths and millions of dollars in damage. The state was already in the midst of a nursing shortage. The Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce has come to the rescue and its efforts have increased nurse placement and training in the state.
Nursing Education in Mississippi
Mississippi has just under 25 nursing schools. The state is in need of more RNs with bachelor’s degrees, so it has taken steps to expand nursing programs, including approving a salary increase for faculty. Scholarships are plentiful in Mississippi and are awarded through the state, various nursing programs and schools, and even some hospitals..
Outlook for Nursing in Mississippi
Hurricane Katrina added greatly to the state's ongoing shortage, so jobs are plentiful. Many hospitals, desperate for nurses, offer tuition in part or in full if the student signs a contract to work for them when schooling is complete. The mean hourly wage - just under $28.00 - is a little lower than the surrounding states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010 edition.
Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in Mississippi include Baptist Medical Center, North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Forrest General Hospital, and Memorial Hospital.
Nursing Degree Programs in Mississippi
Transition programs for nurses:
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Entry level nursing programs: