Michigan offers numerous opportunities for nursing education; the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, occupies a position of unique leadership among the nation’s universities in research and scholarly achievement. They offer a BSN, RN-to-BSN and further education to MSN for those who seek higher education. Their PhD and post doctoral programs prepare nurses to contribute to developing the empirical and theoretical base of nursing practice through research. The programs also prepare students to assume leadership roles in education, professional nursing organizations, health service systems and other health-related enterprises. Other nursing schools and programs are located throughout the state in cities such as Detroit, Kalamazoo, Waterford, Lansing and Grand Rapids, among others.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $78,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Outside the University of Michigan Hospital, graduates can seek employment at Battle Creek Health System, which is a multicampus healthcare provider serving 200,000 people in south-central Michigan. Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, Mercy General Health Partners (MGHP) is a regional referral hospital for the West Michigan lakeshore area, serving Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana, and Newaygo County residents. MGHP specializes in heart and vascular procedures supported by a cath lab, special procedure room, an open-heart surgery program, comprehensive cardiac rehab, and an accredited vascular lab. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is a healthcare network located in Michigan that serves Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, western Wayne, and southwestern Oakland counties. Finally, VHA, Inc., a national healthcare alliance, has recognized Lakeland HealthCare for providing excellent care to patients in its intensive care units (ICU) that serve southwest Michigan. These large organizations represent just the tip of the iceberg, as Michigan provides ample opportunity to work at smaller hospitals and medical centers statewide.