Message from the Director
I want students who study at the University of Michigan-Flint to be as passionate about being a nurse, nurse practitioner, or nurse educator as I am. I’m committed to making a difference in the lives of patients, their families, and others significant in their lives. I believe in partnering with other members of the health care team to promote health, prevent disease, relieve the symptoms of illness, and restore people to maximum physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. I’m committed to helping people as they heal from disease and strive to reach their highest level of health following an illness, injury or accident. I believe that people with genetic or acquired disabilities are inherently valuable members of society who deserve the best care available so they can live full and productive lives. I believe in basing my care on the latest scientific knowledge, and I endeavor to combine science with compassion and empathy for others. I feel pride in my profession and its contributions to solving complex and sometimes difficult health problems for individuals, groups and communities. I believe that nurses make a difference in the lives of people from the moment they take their first breath until they breathe their last. I believe that it’s a privilege to care for people’s health-related needs, and I feel joy and deep satisfaction when I assist them in achieving their optimum state of health. Nursing is more than a career or a job to me. It’s a profession that requires integrity, high ethical principles, dedication, and commitment.
I believe that nurses should use the most technically advanced, evidence-based and best professional practices available in contemporary education and health care. Whether rich, poor or middle class, I believe that people of all ages, races, cultures, religions, and national origins deserve safe, affordable, accessible, quality nursing and health care. I believe that nurses should be leaders in health care and actively engaged in their communities. I believe that people are interconnected with each another in one global community and that all of us on Planet Earth are more alike than we are different in our human and health care needs. I believe that an education should energize, excite, and challenge you to think new thoughts, look for innovative, creative solutions to today’s problems, and prepare you to face the inevitable changes in health care that will perplex and challenge our nation and the world in the future. If you share these beliefs and want to earn your BSN, MSN or DNP degree, I invite you to come to the University of Michigan-Flint.
Sincerely yours,Margaret M. Andrews, PhD, RN, FAAN, CTN-A
Director and Professor of Nursing