Message from the SON Dean
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 other 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.
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.