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Mississippi Nursing Schools

Employment of registered nurses is booming according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). Positions for registered nurses are expected to grow by 26 percent nationally from 2010 to 2020, a much faster rate of growth than for most occupations. An increased emphasis on preventative care, new technologies and an aging population is expected to contribute to the growth. In Mississippi, registered nurses are projected to see similarly positive growth (29 percent) from 2008 to 2018 according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (mdes.ms.gov, 2013).

Nursing Programs and Education in Mississippi

Those who want to study at Mississippi nursing schools can choose from many program options, including:

Nursing Diploma: Earning a diploma from nursing schools in Mississippi can be one of the faster ways to become an RN. The diploma generally takes two to three years to complete, and provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for basic nursing care.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN): Associate degree programs typically take two to three years to complete. In addition to the basic skills and knowledge required for nursing, the degree program also offers general education courses that can prepare students for further educational pursuits.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Most bachelor's degree programs take four years to complete. The program often focuses on nursing skills and principles as well as other academic subjects, such as social sciences and communication, allowing for a more well-rounded view of health care.

Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN): Earning a master's degree usually takes two to three years of study beyond the bachelor's degree. Master's degree programs teach nurses the skills needed to pursue more advanced roles in the field, such as nurse practitioner.

RN to BSN: Licensed RNs who want to further their education can enroll in an RN-to-BSN program to earn a bachelor's degree, potentially giving them a better opportunity for advancement.

RN to MSN: RNs with a diploma or associate's degree looking to enter leadership nursing positions can consider this program, which allows them to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree. Some programs may offer a particular concentration, such as clinical nursing.

LPN to RN: This degree program usually results in an associate degree and prepares LPNs to take the test for RN licensure.

Doctorate in Nursing: Nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree can pursue their doctorate, which may open doors to research, administration or teaching positions.

Some nursing schools in Mississippi offer hybrid education, allowing students to take some courses online while completing the clinical studies in a classroom setting. Other schools, especially those that offer master's and doctorate degrees, may offer online-only programs for working professionals.

Nursing Careers in Mississippi

Graduates of Mississippi RN programs can potentially find work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health care and similar settings. Common positions include:

RN: Registered nurses (RNs) work closely with physicians to plan and administer treatments, monitor patients, conduct tests and analyze results, give medications and more. Graduates of Mississippi nursing schools must pass the NCLEX-RN to receive their license. RNs can also choose to specialize in a variety of areas, such as gerontology, diabetes or emergency care.

APRN: Advanced practice registered nurses provide advanced patient care and often enjoy a level of autonomy not found with other nursing titles. The four primary types of advanced practice nurses are nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse-midwives. This designation requires at least a master's degree and additional certification beyond that of an RN.

Nursing salaries vary according to the specific position and required level of education. For example, the BLS reports that licensed practical nurses had a mean annual wage of $42,400 in 2012, while registered nurses earned a mean annual wage of $67,930 during the same year. Nurse practitioners earned an average yearly salary of $91,450 in 2012.

Sources:

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm#tab-1

"Nurse Practitioners Slowly Gain Autonomy, Kaiser Health News, July 19, 2013, Christine Vestal, http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/July/19/Stateline-Nurse-Practitioners-Scope-of-Practice.aspx

Registered Nurses, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm#tab-1

School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, http://www.umc.edu/son/

Nursing Specialties, The Campaign for Nursing's Future, Johnson & Johnson, http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties

Degree Completion Programs for Registered Nurses: RN to Master's Degree and RN to Baccalaureate Programs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, March 2012, http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/degree-completion-programs

2008-2018 Occupational Employment Projections, Mississippi Department of Employment Security, 2013, http://mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/occupational-projections/

"Occupational Employment Statistics: Registered Nurses," Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

"Occupational Employment Statistics: Licensed Practical Nurses," Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm


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