Mississippi, a state hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, provides a variety of educational opportunities for nursing students. The Mississippi University for Women, located in Columbus, provides associate degrees, including their LPN-to-Associate’s Degree in nursing. They also offer a BSN and MSN in pediatric nursing. the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson offers the BSN, MSN in several specialties, and a PhD program. If you’d prefer to study in Hattiesburg, the University of Southern Mississippi provides all degrees up to and including the PhD as well. Students also can find nursing programs in community colleges located throughout the state in cities such as Meridian, Gulfport, Poplarville and Natchez.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $15,000 and $86,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. An opportunity to work at the largest hospital in Mississippi and the largest non-metropolitan hospital in America is provided by North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed regional referral center located in Tupelo. The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson offers numerous career opportunities as well. Other large Mississippi health care employers include Baptist Memorial Hospitals, which are located in several counties throughout the state; Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg; Gulfport Memorial Hospital; Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and St. Dominic Hospital, both located in Jackson. All these hospitals and more tout a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all eligible employees.