Michigan Nursing License
While the licensing and education requirements to practice nursing in Michigan are similar to those of other states, the structure of the bureaucracy that issues nursing licenses is somewhat different.
The Michigan Public Health Code defines the practice of nursing, and the Michigan Nursing Board establishes Michigan nursing license qualifications and educational standards. The Board also provides a list of approved nursing education programs.
In addition, the Board develops and implements criteria to assure ongoing competency, and it is allowed to take disciplinary action against licensed nurses when the health, welfare or safety of the public is either affected or placed in jeopardy.
RN Licensing Requirements
The licensing process is set by the Michigan Board of Nursing. The board remains under the administrative purview of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which also controls fire services, licensing for construction and a wide variety of health care services.
RNs must have a valid, current license to practice in Michigan. To get a license, nurses must apply for a license with the Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Professions Division. They must also register to take the NCLEX-RN exam with Pearson Vue. The test must be taken within 90 days of applying, with test results released approximately four weeks after the test date.
Michigan also offers the use of an electronic verification for licensing via the NURSYS system.
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RN Education Requirements
To get a nursing license in Michigan, RNs must complete an education program at an approved school. The minimal level of education is an associates degree in nursing, and an extensive list of schools with approved baccalaureate degree programs can be found at www.michicgan.gov/documents/mdch_nurse_approve_ed_prog_98366_7.pdf.
This site also contains a list of Board-approved associate degrees as well as colleges granting certificates in practical nursing programs and technical and vocation schools granting such certificates.
Continuing education is an important part of maintaining a nursing license in Michigan. To renew a license, Michigan nurses must have 25 hours of continuing education “contact” hours, which must include at least one hour in pain and pain symptom management.
A list of organizations that are accredited to fulfill the continuing education for Michigan nurses can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/LARA_Nursing_CE_Brochure_5-11_376431_7.pdf.
Nurses who do not fulfill these requirements are in violation of the Michigan Public Health code and are subject to possible reprimand, probation, suspension, revocation, fines and other potential penalties.
LPN Licensing Requirements
The Michigan Public Health code allows Board members who are LPNs to act on all matters related to nursing except for those that are related to the standards and training of RNs. For matters pertaining to RNs, decisions on these matters are implemented via a majority of public board members and those Board members who are themselves RNs.
License applications to take the NCLEX-PN must be filed with the Bureau of Health Care Services, Health Professions Division and registered with Pearson Vue. The cost of the examination is $200, while the cost to apply is $54.
Prospective nurses are expected to take the NCLEX within two years of completing their education program. If they are unsuccessful, Michigan allows three tries to pass the exam over a period of a year.
LPNs may also choose to join the Michigan Licensed Practical Nurses Association, a professional organization that supports both LPNs and LPN students (www.mlpna.org). This organization provides other options to facilitate ongoing nursing education in Michigan.
Salary and Career Info
The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of Michigan licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Michigan BSN Requirements
For RNs looking to advance themselves by furthering their education to get a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Michigan offers a variety of options. The list of schools offering an RN-to-BSN completion program include the University of Michigan-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University and others. The educational requirements are still in legislation, but approximately 39 percent of all RNS in Michigan have gone on to earn a BSN.
These programs are highly competitive, and they include a wide array of coursework.
This includes humanities classes to sharpen critical thinking skills and help understand the evolution of culture that influences the job environment of nurses, nursing management courses to provide supervisory skills and help construct policy, and nursing leadership coursework to help nurses understand the business environment they work in and organize administrative duties.
In addition, they include health-oriented courses that present information that is in compliance with the new Affordable Care Act, and advanced health assessment classes to sharpen diagnostic skills and patient evaluation. Finally, they offer the opportunity to participate in nursing research and practice subsequent evidence-based treatments.
A full-time RN-to-BSN program can usually be completed in less that two years, and both part-time and online options are available. For a list of schools, consult http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/rn-to-bsn/michigan/.