The School of Nursing is located in Cockroft Hall which provides a central location for nursing faculty offices and classrooms. The Harvey Garrison Jr. Learning Center houses the audio-visual media and simulated patient care centers. The audio-visual display capacity is augmented by the College's Learning Resources Center which is located in the Leland Speed Library. Computers are available for both student and faculty use, and are augmented through the College's Computer Laboratory located in Self Hall.
Nursing classes are conducted on the Mississippi College campus. The clinical portions of the nursing courses utilize a variety of hospital and agencies in the Jackson area. Students may also elect for learning experience in other localities within the United States or in foreign countries.
The School of Nursing holds a special recognition ceremony concurrent with graduation to recognize their graduates as they go into service. Pinning is a tradition of honor in nursing that is centuries old.
Historically, the nursing pin is a 1,000 year old symbol of service to others. In the late 19th century a pin made of silver or gold was given to students who had excelled in the study of nursing.
In the 21st century, the nursing pin is seen as an indication to the public, to patients, and to co-workers that the nurse has successfully completed a nursing program and has the ability to function as a nurse. Over the years, the nursing pin has come to stand for service to, and caring for, others and for Christian values.
The Mississippi College School of Nursing pin was designed by the first graduating class. The blue and gold colors of the pin represent the Mississippi College school colors. An image of Provine Chapel is imposed in the center of the pin. Along with its rich historical significance, Provine Chapel has been the site of many significant occasions for the School of Nursing. A cross, representing Christian caring and commitment is superimposed on the pin. The words, "Mississippi College School of Nursing" are inscribed in a circle around the image of Provine Chapel. A commitment to professional nursing through baccalaureate education is indicated by the "B.S.N." that is highlighted on the bottom of the cross. A laurel wreath of leaves surrounds the pin signifying victory in completing the program. The nursing pin stands for the best in nursing, the Christian foundation from which we operate, and the standard of faithfulness in our Christian walk.
Another tradition, the presentation of a yellow rose, began with the first capping ceremony for the Mississippi College School of Nursing. That tradition continues today with pinning and the rose symbolizing pure unselfish love.
Another organization prominent in our School of Nursing is our honor society. The School of Nursing's local chapter, Omicron Lambda, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world's people. Impacting world health begins at the local level and opportunities for growth and participation are many. Members explore evidenced-based principles and practice, interact with other nurses, and learn from others by attending honor society meetings and events.
Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and/or service/ministry and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Senior students in the top third of their nursing class are invited to join. The induction ceremony is a highpoint of spring activity, welcoming new members and celebrating nursing. Many members hold leadership positions both at the local and international levels.