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.

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.

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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.

Student Grants

Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Scholarship. Qualified Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students may be eligible for up to $28,350 in funding.

Accreditation

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

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