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  • Employment: 28,030
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $27.70
  • Annual Mean Wage: $57,630

Nurses who decide to live and work in Mississippi have several advantages. First, they get to take advantage of living in a state where the cost of living is exceptionally low, meaning their paycheck as a nurse will go farther for necessary expenses such as food and energy. Second, Mississippi is well-known for the friendliness of its residents, which should help nurses who decide to relocate here feel right at home. That's why some folks call Mississippi "The Hospitality State." Third, 2008 data from Mississippi's Office of Nursing Workforce reveals that the state is still in the midst of a nursing shortage. The vacancy rate for registered nurses working in hospitals here was 6.3 percent in 2008. There was a slightly greater vacancy rate for registered nurses working in long-term care, which may indicate a wider availability of positions with nursing homes, home health care agencies and hospices. However, nurses should be needed in Mississippi's hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctor's offices as well.

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The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Mississippi are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi and Hattiesburg. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Mississippi include: Mississippi Baptist Health Systems/Baptist Memorial Hospital, Forrest General Hospital and its health system, Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Rush Health Systems, St. Dominic's Hospital, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center and its health system. Those who want to become nurses in Mississippi can get information about state licensure through the Mississippi Board of Nursing. The Mississippi Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can find continuing education opportunities, connect with other nurses in the state, and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Mississippi's nurses.

School Name: Alcorn State University

Address: 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500

Contact: (601) 877-6100

Website: www.alcorn.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Coahoma Community College

Address: 3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

Contact: (662) 627-2571

Website: www.coahomacc.edu

Type of School: www.coahomacc.edu

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 28 to 1

School Name: Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Address: 1001 Co-Lin Lane, Wesson, Mississippi 39191

Contact: (601) 643-8306

Website: www.colin.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1

School Name: Delta State University

Address: Hwy 8 West, Cleveland, Mississippi 38733

Contact: (662) 846-3000

Website: www.deltastate.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: East Central Community College

Address: 275 West Broad Street, Decatur, Mississippi 39327-0129

Contact: (601) 635-2111

Website: www.eccc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: East Mississippi Community College

Address: 1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, Mississippi 39358-0158

Contact: (662) 476-5000

Website: www.eastms.edu/

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1

School Name: Hinds Community College

Address: 505 East Main Street, Raymond, Mississippi 39154

Contact: (601) 857-5261

Website: www.hindscc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1

School Name: Holmes Community College

Address: #1 Hill St, Goodman, Mississippi 39079

Contact: (662) 472-2312

Website: www.holmescc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1

School Name: Itawamba Community College

Address: 602 W Hill St, Fulton, Mississippi 38843-1099

Contact: (601) 862-8000

Website: www.iccms.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 28 to 1

School Name: Jones County Junior College

Address: 900 S Court St, Ellisville, Mississippi 39437

Contact: (601) 477-4000

Website: www.jcjc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

School Name: Meridian Community College

Address: 910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, Mississippi 39307-5801

Contact: (601) 483-8241 x668

Website: www.meridiancc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Mississippi College

Address: 200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, Mississippi 39058

Contact: (601) 925-3000

Website: www.mc.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Mississippi Delta Community College

Address: Hwy 3 and Cherry St, Moorhead, Mississippi 38761

Contact: (662) 246-6322

Website: www.msdelta.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1

School Name: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Address: 51 Main Street, Perkinston, Mississippi 39573

Contact: (601) 928-5211

Website: www.mgccc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Mississippi University for Women

Address: 1100 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701

Contact: (662) 329-4750

Website: www.muw.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Northeast Mississippi Community College

Address: 101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, Mississippi 38829

Contact: (662) 728-7751

Website: www.nemcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1

School Name: Northwest Mississippi Community College

Address: 4975 Hwy 51 N, Senatobia, Mississippi 38668-1714

Contact: (662) 562-3200

Website: www.northwestms.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1

School Name: Pearl River Community College

Address: 101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470

Contact: (601) 403-1000

Website: www.prcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Southwest Mississippi Community College

Address: 1156 College Dr, Summit, Mississippi 39666-0000

Contact: (601) 276-2000

Website: www.smcc.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Address: 2500 N State St, Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505

Contact: (601) 984-1000

Website: www.umc.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate;Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 3 to 1

School Name: University of Southern Mississippi

Address: 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001

Contact: (601) 266-1000

Website: WWW.USM.EDU

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

School Name: William Carey University

Address: 498 Tuscan Ave, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401-5499

Contact: (601) 318-6051

Website: www.wmcarey.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate;Other degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/