Determining if Mississippi has an adequate supply of nurses and healthcare professions requires the collection, synthesis, and analysis of the data concerning the supply, demand, and educational preparation of nurses and healthcare providers. Currently workforce data including turnover, vacancy and retention rates is collected from hospitals and long term care facilities. Workforce data for other select healthcare providers will be coming soon.


The MHA Organization of Nurse Executives, the Mississippi Center for Quality and Workforce, and the MS Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing jointly sponsor the Summer Student Nurse Externship Program (Externship Program). The Externship Program is designed to:

  • Provide students in nursing with an opportunity to enhance previously learned skills under the supervision of experienced registered nurses in the healthcare setting.
  • Assist students of nursing to experience acceptance in a work situation appropriate to their potential as future registered nurses.
  • Prepare students to assume responsibilities of full-time employees with respect to performance requirements, policies, and procedures of a health care agency.
  • Encourage retention of nursing graduates through provision of supplemental practice experience within the workplace.


The program is offered to students after successful completion of year one in nursing school. It lasts for 8 weeks or 320 hours. Students can earn college credit through the program. The students are taught by registered nurses. Through the program, the students get the opportunity to gain hands on experience. In addition, a paycheck is earned while completing the program.

All facilities who plan to participate in the 2021 Externship Program must first watch this webinar: Externship 2021 Participant Meeting. It is one hour in length and explains the program in detail, including guidelines for COVID19:

Externship Survey and Additional Resources

All externs (funded and non-funded) are requested to complete this survey once they finish their externship hours at participating hospitals. 

Complete the online externship survey.

For any questions regarding the Summer Student Nurse Externship Program, please contact:

LaDonna Northington, Chair
University of Mississippi Medical Center SON
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4500
(601)984 6207

LaNelle Weems, Director
MSCQW, MHA Health, Research, and Educational Foundation
116 Woodgreen Crossing
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 368-3322

No content found

No content found

No content found