Welcome to the North Central Michigan College Health Services program information page. Nursing and Allied Health programs are taught alongside one another. Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career. According 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."
There are six essential features of professional nursing:
- Provision of a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing,
- Attention to the range of human experiences and responses to health and illness within the physical and social environments,
- Integration of objective data with knowledge gained from an appreciation of the patient or group's subjective experience,
- Application of scientific knowledge to the processes of diagnosis and treatment through the use of judgment 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 portion of the health care team. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for jobs in nursing remains positive. Nurses continue to find positions in acute care, long term care and home health. As the baby boomers retire, a greater need for registered nurses is anticipated. Advanced practices nurses, those with a master's degree or higher, especially nurse practitioners will be in high demand throughout Michigan and the US. 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.