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The State of Nursing in Michigan

Michigan is the tenth most populous state in the U.S. It stands at the forefront of research and development, ranking in the top five of all states. Michigan is not only a beautiful place to live, but also a wonderful place to become a nurse. The state has many resources for nurses seeking professional development. 

Michigan and Nursing

Michigan offers nurses a thriving job market. The healthcare industry employs the largest number of people in the state. To become a registered nurse in Michigan, students must obtain an associate degree and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Many nurses start their careers as nursing aides to get a sneak peek into the duties and roles of the registered nurse. 

Job Availability and Wages in Michigan

For registered nurses, the workforce is far from saturated. Keep in mind that most nurses in Michigan start on the night shift. A registered nurse's salary ranges from state to state, depending a number of factors, including cost of living. In Michigan, the average salary for an RN is approximately $30/hr. If you are struggling to find work, check the Michigan Center for Nursing website for healthcare jobs. This website can help nurses navigate the job market beyond overcrowded job boards. 

Michigan Nursing Resources

If you become a nurse in Michigan, consider yourself lucky because you have the following resources at your fingertips: 

  • Summits are available for nurses to gain knowledge, networking opportunities and learning experiences.
  • The Michigan Nursing Action Coalition focuses on improving health and healthcare in nursing. It also offers opportunities for jobs, scholarships and job preparation tools.
  • License Renewal Information - To keep up as a Registered Nurse, renewing your license involves taking 25 continuing education hours every two years.
  • Nursing Board Website - The Michigan Board of Nursing website offers various topics related to the practice of nursing in Michigan. If you have the desire to become a nurse in Michigan and already hold a valid RN license in your state, you can apply for a Michigan license for $54, if you meet the state's other requirements.
  • Online Verification Tool - To verify a license, the Michigan Board of Nursing provides an online verification tool that employers find handy.  

Working in Michigan can be rewarding for nurses, given the state's strong job market, competitive wages, and resources for professional development. Keeping up on continuing education hours and the renewal process is the responsibility of the nurse, but the state of Michigan helps in many ways.

Learn more about the Eastern Michigan University online RN to BSN program.


Sources:

Michigan Center for Nursing: 2016 Michigan Nursing Summit: Culture of Health

Michigan Nursing Action Coalition

Monster: Registered Nurse Jobs in Michigan

Indeed: Registered Nurse Salaries - Michigan

American Nurses Association: Continuing Education Requirements for Michigan Nurses

Michigan Center for Nursing: Career Opportunities

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: Nursing

NursingLicensure.org: Nursing License Requirements in Michigan

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs


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