BEACH --The University of Southern Mississippi
and Biloxi Regional Medical Center have established a partnership
to meeting the needs of BRMC employees. In the partnership, Southern
Miss is offering on-site, prerequisite courses for nursing employees
desiring to complete their bachelor's degrees in nursing.
The program is designed in a flexible, eight-week
format so employees can complete their core nursing courses in one
year. On January 7, approximately 30 BRMC employees commenced the
program by enrolling in two courses.
Southern Miss offers all aspects of registration,
application, books and information sessions at BRMC for the students'
convenience. The objective of both parties is to provide quality
academic programs meeting the needs and schedules of the employees
of BRMC. Southern Miss is leading the way into a new flexible educational
environment by bringing the classroom to students.
"This partnership is a perfect example
of the type of unique delivery of education we can offer and are
pleased to offer to professionals throughout Mississippi. We are
bringing advanced education to those people who want it in an environment
that is convenient for them," said Dr. Shelby Thames, Southern
As workforce needs of the business industry increase
and more people want to advance their careers, many businesses are
turning to a more convenient and flexible alternative for their
employees to become educated.
"The ultimate goal of the partnership is to make
a positive difference in nursing considering the effects the national
nursing shortage has had on many medical facilities and also to
allow Biloxi Regional employees easy access to begin or further
their education," said Tim Mitchell, chief executive officer
Southern Miss has begun partnering with local businesses
to increase local community member education and meet the needs
of the Gulf Coast business community with quality education. BRMC
is the first partnership for Southern Miss.
In July, the BRMC's board of directors presented a
$70,000 gift to Southern Miss' School of Nursing on the Gulf Park
campus. The funds have been used to hire for a nine-month nursing
faculty position and provide necessary equipment for the school's
nursing skills lab.
For more information on the nursing program
at Southern Miss, call (228) 865-4517.