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Released May 4, 2004


LONG BEACH -- "Superb," "helpful" and "outstanding role models" are just some of the accolades registered nurses (RNs) in hospitals and community health agencies receive from nursing students and faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"Southern Miss is very grateful to RNs for the manner in which they have guided, directed, coached and mentored students in all of our nursing degree programs -- bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN), registered nurse-bachelor of science in nursing degree (RN-BSN), registered nurse-master of science in nursing degree (RN-MSN) and master of science in nursing degree (MSN) -- across the last 25 years," said Dr. Mary Coyne, professor and coordinator of the School of Nursing at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

"These nurses demonstrate the very best of what it means to be a nurse by knowledgeably and compassionately providing quality care to patients," she said.

Since this week is National Nurses Week, Southern Miss Gulf Coast's nursing program wishes to thank all of the nurses and their health care agencies for their invaluable assistance: Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Garden Park Community Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Gulf Oaks, Hancock Medical Center, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Ocean Springs Hospital, Singing River Hospital, the Veteran Affairs (VA) Centers in Biloxi and Gulfport, Invacare, Oxycare, Family Health Center, Coastal Family Center, Gulfport and Hancock School-Based Clinics, and the clinics of the Mississippi Department of Health.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded nursing as a modern profession.

For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Coast nursing program, call (228) 865-4517.


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May 5, 2004 4:39 PM