The Mississippi Action Coalition is the collaborative, interprofessional driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. With over 40 core stakeholders participating, we are working to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.


For nurses to be as effective as possible in providing high-quality patient care in Mississippi, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex, requiring new models of care coordination and new health care delivery sites.


Mississippi will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. We are working with our partners at the Mississippi Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing to perform a gap analysis of education programs in Mississippi. We are gaining input from our practice settings on the competencies most needed in the contemporary workplace. We will use these results to begin implementing a state wide education progression redesign. 


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Mississippi’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.  


We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage Mississippi’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead, from the bedside to the boardroom. 


Mississippi’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver. 


To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with more advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families in Mississippi. We will partner with the Mississippi State Board of Nursing and the Mississippi Nurses Association to continue work with the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on physician/advance practice registered nurse relationships and scope of practice issues.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, therapists, allied health, and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings. 


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice. In addition to the health care education and practice entities, the Mississippi State Department of Health will be a major partner in this endeavor.


Mississippi’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics. 


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation. 


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires data to inform the kind of health providers we need and with what skills. While comprehensive nursing workforce and nursing education data exists, major gaps exist in other professions’ workforce data.


We are exploring partnerships to add more work settings to the current nursing data collection and we are also adding more demographic questions to the advanced practice registered nurse licensure renewal process.  We will examine models from other states to develop a plan for other health professions data collection in our state. Once developed, this will enhance and increase the data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Mississippi.




Wanda Jones, Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education, Research and Funding, William Carey University

College of Health Sciences

Rita Wray, Deputy Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration


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