Welcome to the North Central Michigan College Health Services program page. At NCMC, Nursing and Allied Health programs are instructed simultaneously. Nursing is a rewarding career full of advancement opportunities. According to the American Nurses Association:
"Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations."
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Students in allied health programs work alongside their nursing and physician colleagues and "allied" in providing a broad range of care to their patients.
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The six most notable facets of PROFESSIONAL NURSING:
- Cultivating a meaningful relationship that facilitates health and healing,
- Attention to the range of human experiences and responses to health and illness within both physical and social environments,
- Integration of objective data with knowledge gained from an appreciation of the nurse's patient or group's individual experience(s),
- Application of scientific knowledge to the processes of diagnosis and treatment through the use of judgement and critical thinking,
- Advancement of professional nursing knowledge through scholarly inquiry, and
- Influence on social and public policy to promote social justice.
The nursing profession is the largest sector of the health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large number of graduates are still interested in nursing as a career. Nurses continue to find positions in acute care, long term care and home health. As the baby boomers retire, the demand for registered nurses will increase steadily. Advanced practice nurses, those with a master's degree or higher, and nurse practitioners in particular, will be in high demand throughout Michigan and the U.S. In addition, the average annual income for nurses is approximately $66,000.
The associate of applied science in nursing program at North Central Michigan College is a 72 credit hour program of study which prepares graduates to be licensed as a registered nurse. It is a challenging academic program in which students will be able to integrate caring behaviors, critical thinking and evidence-based practice into the care of patients in a variety of clinical settings.