Nursing in the 21st Century

Opportunities for nurses are abundant and are evolving in numerous challenging directions. At one time, nurses were primarily prepared for work in hospitals. Today, a large variety of rewarding opportunities is available, in a range of geographic and cultural settings. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students prepare to provide health care to people across their lifespan. RNs develop, implement, modify, and evaluate care for individuals, families, and communities through evidence-based practice. Theoretical and clinical learning experiences prepare students to provide care for the acutely and chronically ill and also to instruct clients in health promotion and disease and injury prevention. BSN students develop skills necessary to manage the healthcare needs of clients in a variety of settings. Nursing positions with the U.S. Public Health Services, Indian Health Service, and those seeking to be commissioned officers in the U.S. military require a BSN degree. A BSN degree allows for career flexibility and serves as the foundation for education at the master’s (MSN) or doctoral (DNP) level.

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Our nation currently has the opportunity to transform its healthcare system. Nurses can and should play a fundamental role in a transformation that provides seamless, affordable, accessible, quality care. With more than 3 million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s healthcare workforce. According to U.S. News and World Report, the nursing profession ranks #6 in U.S. News Best Jobs for 2014 report. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for the 2010-2020 decade, the need for RNs will grow 26% faster than overall average growth in other fields.

At UM-Flint, we are so proud of our nursing students, and all they contribute to their communities. Many of these students are already on the frontlines of helping to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in Genesee County. Meet one of these amazing students, Alexandra Wesley, who is already making a difference for patients as she works towards earning her nursing degree.

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International Service Learning

There are numerous opportunities to study abroad within the School of Nursing. This amazing opportunity is available almost every semester to various locations. This is a great way to learn in a rich cultural environment and integrate the nursing practice. Current relationships exist with Kenya, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia, and these locations are typically visited annually or bi-annually. For questions about study abroad and current opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad  or contact the School of Nursing.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Program (PMHNP)

The School of Nursing has been awarded a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency program grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This is a 1 year paid position with full University of Michigan benefits. Residents will be provided with the opportunity to practice in many different types of psychiatric settings including specially rotations and become certified in additional therapies. Training in telehealth and advanced case management will be included. After gaining a year of varied and mentored clinical experiences, residents will be well positioned in the job market with a clarified view of their career objectives and increased confidence as a PMHNP.

Our program priorities are behavioral/mental health care and telehealth. Among the project objectives is the improvement of physical and mental health for underserved communities in Michigan. This program’s overall goal is to support new Psychiatric NPs in the transition to practice.

Please contact us if you:

  • Have graduated within the last 18 months from an accredited Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.
  • Will be certified and licensed by July 1, 2021.
  • You are interested in advancing your current skills through additional certifications, behavioral therapies, telehealth training, interprofessional practice, and diverse psychiatric clinical experiences.

Four residency slots available. The residency program begins July 1, 2021 and goes through June 30, 2022. For more information, please contact the School of Nursing.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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