Like Louisiana, Mississippi suffered some hard hits from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005. But, the area is recovering, and along with new growth comes the need for qualified nursing. But, if you enjoy a true mix of country living and metropolitan pleasures, then this state may appeal to you. Industry and agriculture work side-by-side, and all industries seek nursing care that can educate and serve this state’s health needs.

Becoming a Nurse in Mississippi

Nurses who seek quality education will find many possibilities in Minnesota. Some of the colleges that offer master’s degrees in nursing include Minnesota State University in Makato, Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul. Those colleges also offer a BSN in nursing with specialties such as adult care, clinical nursing, anatomy and more. If you prefer a smaller college and an associate’s degree in nursing, you might consider schools such as Lake Superior College in Duluth, Northwest Technical College in Bermidjii, and Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Nursing Jobs in Mississippi

Some of the largest health care employers in Mississippi include the University of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Dominic Hospital, and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems – all located in Jackson. Other top-tier employers within this state include Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and Baptists Memorial Health Care, with locations in Booneville, Southaven, Columbus, Oxford and New Albany. Nursing salaries vary by location in this state, as well as by job description and with the nurse’s experience and degree earned. For instance, the average salaries for LPNs in this state can range from $34,000 to $122,000 per year for a traveling nurse. RN salaries in Mississippi range from $58,000 to $163,000 per year for an RN perioperative nurse.

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Top 10 Online Nursing Schools

University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix — BSN, MSN, and Certificate. The University of Phoenix is the nation's largest online university and currently offers several nursing programs at three different degree levels, based on previous nursing education and experience.

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Kaplan University
Kaplan University — Bachelor's, and Master's Nursing Degrees. Kaplan's School of Nursing offers specializations for nurse administrators and nurse educators.

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Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University — BS in Nursing (BSN) and MBA/MS in Nursing. Grand Canyon University offers a unique MBA/MS in nursing degree program that teaches students about the business aspect of healthcare, specifically nursing healthcare. Current nurses who want more business experience will find this may be an ideal fit.

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Liberty University
Liberty University — RN to BSN Degree and MSN Degree. The Department of Nursing at Liberty prepares students for baccalaureate level nursing, putting strong emphasis on Christian ethical standards and viewing nursing as a ministry of caring.

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Walden University
Walden University — M.S. in Nursing (RN Track), M.S in Nursing (BSN Track). Walden offers a wide variety of nursing degrees and certificates that are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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