More than 100 students from area high schools were on Mississippi University for Women’s campus Thursday, March 2 to participate in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Navigating Nursing Day.

The students visited various interactive stations ranging from listening to different breathing sounds such as asthma to administering pain medication to understanding self-examinations for women and men.

“Navigating Nursing provides high school students with an opportunity to learn more about The W, healthcare programs offered, scholarships and campus life. This event allows students a unique chance to engage with admission counselors, faculty and current students while participating in simulation and hands-on activities to learn more about their professional career interests,” said Dr. Mary Helen Ruffin, chair of the Department of Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program.  

Jessie Horton, a junior at Caledonia High School, has already decided to be a nurse.

“I’m very passionate for nursing, and I want to further my skills. I’ve always had the feeling in me to help people. I’ve always been very selfless,” she said.

Jessie Horton

Horton found the IV and CPR demonstrations the most interesting rotations during her visit to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Schools that participated in the event included Pontotoc High School, Houston High School, McKellar Technology Center, Northeast Lauderdale High School, Deer Creek School, West Point Career and Technology Center, Amory Career and Technology, Home Life Academy, North Pontotoc High School, New Albany School of Career and Technical Education, Mooreville High School, Nettleton High School, Houston High School, Leake Academy, Hamilton High School, Saltillo High School, Lowndes County Career Technical Center and Webster County Career and Technical Center. 

The W is the state’s leading producer of nursing graduates in the IHL system and has a long-standing reputation for excellence. In 2022, the university graduated 378 undergraduate nurses. The university has graduated the most in the IHL system for five consecutive years. In total, including graduate nursing, the College of Nursing and Health Science at The W graduated 414 nurses in 2022.

The W’s nationally ranked Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), BSN and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs all were ranked No. 1 in the state of Mississippi for 2022. ranked The W’s RN to BSN program as the 17th best in the country and the best in the South. The Associate of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs all hold state accreditation from the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The associate program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs also are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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