Goal number one for the University of Mississippi School of Nursing is to train excellent nurses. Coming in a close second is helping ensure these qualified, new nurses find a good job upon graduation.
Helping to make that goal a reality is the Ignite Career Fair, which for the first time was a collaboration between the nursing school and the University of Mississippi Career Center in Oxford.
For more than 10 years, the School of Nursing has been hosting the event that features recruiters from hospitals, clinics and organizations from Mississippi and surrounding states for an afternoon to meet prospective employees from the ranks of junior and senior nursing students.
Yesterday's fair, held in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union, was the second led by Farrah Banks, director of Student Affairs and Service Learning in the school. Attending were 200 students and 12 employers, including nurse managers from the Medical Center.
“Last year was my first year to do the event,” Banks said. “I started in January, and the event was in February. I didn't have time to revamp it the way I wanted to, to make it my own.”
This year, however, was a different story.