Mississippi is helping to shape nursing nationwide

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Mississippi is one of five states working to establish guidelines that will help shape the future of nursing in this country.

That topic was the focus of a recent report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. The two year long study resulted in several recommendations important to medical care.

Mississippi was selected as one of the key states that is working to implement these recommendations. Katherine Nugent, the Director of the Southern Miss School of Nursing, is part of a coalition charged with this task.

According to Nugent, "We were very proud that Mississippi was one of the five states chosen, and I think the reason we were given for why Mississippi was is that we have such a strong nursing leadership and nursing workforce data in the state of Mississippi."

Nugent said it'll take several years for the coalition to complete it's work and share it with other states.

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