Introduction of Advanced Practice

Advanced practice nurses are registered nurses who have gained advanced preparation for expanded clinical practice.
Advanced practice nurses must be grounded in theory and utilize research and evidence as guides to their clinical practice. While they work in collegial capacities with physicians, they must be prepared to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic illnesses and to prescribe medications. Advanced practice nursing programs at Southern Miss share rigorous and demanding expectations with a scholarly approach to the discipline and a commitment to the advancement of the profession. At Southern Miss, advanced practice nursing education includes the roles of adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care (AGNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).

Once a student successfully completes one of the advanced practice programs, he or she may sit for the national certification examination in that emphasis area.

In keeping with the vision of the College of Nursing at Southern Miss, the Department of Advanced Practice strives to excel in the preparation of advanced practice nurses at the master’s and doctoral level through practice, scholarship and research.

Our mission is to educate advance practice nurses who are prepared as experts in clinical practice and as leaders in scholarship, research and service to enhance the health and wellbeing of the people we are entrusted to care for.

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (MSN) – prepares the graduate for primary care diagnosis and management of adults in ambulatory care settings (such as rural health clinics, VA clinics, physician offices, home health), sub-acute and rehabilitation settings, and long-term care facilities.

Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) - prepares the graduates for certification as an FNP and for doctoral study.

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN) – provides the opportunity to develop competence and expertise as a psychiatric mental health care provider.

Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP) - prepares graduates with the advanced knowledge in the area of clinical specialization of nurse anesthesia. The DNP prepares the CRNA to assume leadership positions in education, management, and patient care.

Melanie Gilmore, PhD, FNP

Chair and Assistant Professor of Advanced Practice

College of Nursing, The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive #5095

Hattiesburg, MS 39406