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Nursing is for those students who wish to transfer into a school of nursing other than Northwest Mississippi Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Education
Two types of nursing programs are normally pursued in Mississippi. One is an associate degree program that is offered at Northwest by the Nursing Department. The other is a four-year transfer program, with the first two years taken at Northwest and the final two years taken at a nursing school such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson. Some students find it advisable to attend one year of pre-nursing before going into an associate degree program.

Considerable flexibility is allowed in the selection of courses and the student should consult the requirements for the school he or she plans to enter to ensure that these requirements will be met. Students who plan to enter the Northwest Nursing Program should consult that department for suggested changes in the curriculum that will better prepare them for this program.

What can I expect from a career in Nursing?
Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

When caring for patients, RNs establish a care plan or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include numerous activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other healthcare clinicians. Some RNs provide direction to licensed practical nurses and nursing aides regarding patient care.

How much can I earn? What is the job outlook?

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