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A registered nurse, or RN, is a licensed medical professional who provides critical treatment and care to sick and injured patients. Specialty can determine where an RN works. Most registered nurses work with patients in hospitals, but some work in nursing care facilities, government agencies and educational services.

Registered Nursing Schools in Michigan

There are typically three educational paths to becoming a registered nurse--an associate degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) and diploma from a nursing program. Many schools also have accelerated BSN programs for those who already have a bachelor's degree in another field, but want to switch to a career in nursing. As a registered nursing student, you can expect to have both classroom education and hands-on clinical experience. Registered nursing programs usually offer courses in health law and ethics, emergency medicine, anatomy, behavioral sciences and human physiology. Many Michigan RN schools have online and campus-based options to help you earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. Once you've earned your diploma or degree from an approved nursing program, you'll need to pass the National Council Licensure Exam, or NCLEX-RN. Additional requirements may be necessary depending on your state. Registered nursing schools in Michigan can provide the education and training you need to become an RN.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Michigan

With an expected growth of 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), expects job opportunities for RNs to be excellent. Registered nurses make up the largest segment of the healthcare workforce. In 2008, there were 2.6 million RN jobs. To join the 84,620 registered nurses in the state, begin training at one of the many RN schools in Michigan. As of May 2009, registered nurses in Michigan earned an hourly median wage of $30.39 ($63,200 annually). In Michigan, RN jobs can be found throughout the state, but you'll find the most RNs in the Detroit area, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

To start your career today, get more information from one of the following registered nursing schools in Michigan.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Michigan

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Ann Arbor, Muskegon and Flint
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Holland, Monroe and Warren
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Warren, Detroit and Grand Rapids

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Michigan

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Ann Arbor, Detroit and Warren

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