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Published in Alumni Publications on June 01, 2012
Carl Magnum
Carl Magnum

SON’s Mangum forges own trail in field of disaster-management nursing

Dr. Carl Mangum may have a Ph.D. and more than 10 years of teaching experience at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing, but that doesn’t mean he’s finished building on his skills.

Serving the school as an associate professor of nursing and as its emergency preparedness and response specialist, Mangum also has a federal post as commander of the Mississippi-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, or DMAT. Mangum’s latest achievement is earning a post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in May.

But his career path began more than 20 years ago when he realized he wanted out of the restaurant business and its 100-hour workweek with little pay.

“I kept seeing all those ads in the paper in the early 1990s for nurses, and I said, ‘I can do that,’” Mangum recalled. “It’s a good area, wide open. You can get a job pretty much anywhere on the planet.”

Mangum, who earned his ADN from Hinds Community College in 1994, and his BSN and MSN from UMMC in 1998 and 2000 respectively, worked at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield for seven years before joining the School of Nursing faculty, and still has a passion for mental heath nursing. But lately his passion has been in his role in DMAT, which is part of the National Disaster Medical System.

“We work for the Department of Health and Human Services out of Washington, and our job is to respond to disasters as needed when the federal government receives a request from a state to send in teams.”

Mangum has been involved with the National Disaster Medical System since 2003. He and his team, which is on call three months out of the year, can be deployed anywhere in the country as well as overseas.