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Geriatric nurses, also known as gerontological nurses, are registered nurses who provide health care services to elderly people. They bring care and comfort to one of the most vulnerable age groups of the population. To become a geriatric nurse, the first thing a candidate has to do is to get an associate’s degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school. Associate degrees are offered at community colleges, whereas a bachelor’s degree is offered at a 4-year college. After receiving their degree, these candidates have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) so they can become a registered nurse. It is also essential that aspiring geriatric nurses gain critical care experience. Some nurses also prefer to get the Gerontological Nursing Certification (RN-BC) from the The American Nurses Credentialing Center. This helps them in advancing their career.

National Estimates for Registered Nurses in Mississippi

Employment 1Hourly mean wageAnnual mean wage 2Employment per 1,000 jobsLocation quotient 9

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

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