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Nurse charged in connection with cancer clinic fraud case

SUMMIT — A nurse has been charged with withholding information about a felony at a former south Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors accused of a multimillion-dollar fraud related to chemotherapy treatments. Brittany Davis Powell is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with misprision of a felony, or not reporting a crime. She was charged on Aug. 22 in a ...

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State bonds push new nursing facility toward construction

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Legislature’s authorization of $20 million in state bonds will help elevate a new nursing building at the University of Southern Mississippi from the planning stage to the construction phase. Southern Miss will receive the funding this year, which will expedite plans for the building – to be named Asbury Hall and built on the Hattiesburg campus. ...

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Smith awarded scholarship

Starkville nurse practitioner, Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, was recently named the sole recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship held by the Nursing Organizations Alliance in Washington, D.C. Smith is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and surgical first assistant. She also has additional certifications in orthopaedics and perioperative nursing. Smith is the director of ...

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William Carey closing New Orleans campus after four decades

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is closing its New Orleans campus. University President Tommy King tells the Hattiesburg American enrollment in the school’s nursing program has not come back since Hurricane Katrina. Since the late 1980s, the nursing program has resided on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Barbara Hamilton, executive assistant to the president, says operations ...

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Nurse practitioners fill void in state health care

The number of nurse practitioners is increasing in Mississippi. Their role in health care is also increasing as these highly trained nursing professionals are specializing and giving patients a higher level of care. According to Gayle Harrell, president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, there are 3,300 advanced practicing nurses and approximately 2,800 to 2,900 of those are nurse practitioners. “Most ...

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MUW enrolls first doctorate of nursing class

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women has enrolled its first class in the newly approved doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program. MUW opened the first master’s level nurse practitioner program in Mississippi and began admitting students in 1975. MUW’s doctoral program will provide studies in areas such as advanced diagnostic methods, advanced radiology, pharmacology and medically oriented anatomy and physiology ...

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New nursing endowment fund established to promote profession

JACKSON — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) has just established the Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF) Endowment Fund. The board and staff of MNF will use this fund to provide long-range support for this nonprofit foundation’s ongoing programs and services. The Mississippi Nurses Foundation’s mission is to raise, accept and disperse charitable donations to promote professional nursing and better ...

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New trial ordered for man accused of medical kickback

BATESVILLE — A new trial has been ordered for a Batesville businessman convicted on four counts related to his alleged role in an alleged multimillion dollar medical fraud scheme. Garner and former hospital administrator Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo were convicted last March of allegedly conspiring to boost Garner’s nurse staffing business and pay Shoemaker for his assistance as a key ...

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Bishop becomes dean

Dr. Sandra Bishop, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named associate dean for the college. The College of Nursing was elevated from a school to one of six Southern Miss colleges, effective July 1. As one of two associate deans in the College of Nursing, Bishop has leadership and ...

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Experts: Troublesome nursing faculty shortage to get worse

As different parts of the Affordable Care Act begin to take effect, it could exacerbate an existing problem in Mississippi. Already there isn’t enough faculty to teach nurses to meet existing demand. Nursing professionals say the shortage will deepen if the gap between private sector pay and that of academia isn’t closed at least somewhat. Dr. Susan Lofton, professor of ...

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