Michigan LPN to RN Programs
As the health care industry adapts to the current changes it is facing, it is still trying to ensure patients have access to the basic health care that they need. As the population grows and ages, that need increases as well. Registered nursing is the fastest growing career path and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that growth is expected to continue through 2020. You can move from a LPN to a RN in less than two years and position yourself to earn a significantly higher income, experience more job prospects and set yourself up for continued career growth throughout your lifetime. It all starts with an education and a little research.
With less than 90,000 registered nurses working in Michigan, the population is not being supported in a way that it needs. The average income for a registered nurse in the state is $65,000 a year based on experience, education, specialization, employer, location and a number of other factors. You will want to ensure you bring as much experience as you can along with your education as you start to look for employment, but balancing a personal schedule, work schedule and busy school schedule can be daunting to say the least. Fortunately, technology has an answer.
Online courses and online degree programs offer the flexibility you need to take on a full time education without putting a significant dent into your current schedule. As long as you can surf a web page and type in a word processor you will have the basic skills needed to be successful online. Due dates are listed for graded work at the start of the semester, and as long as the work is submitted on or before that date, your schedule is up to you. Even though you are working on your own for much of your education, you aren’t left out to fend for yourself. Your instructor is a campus visit, email or phone call away. Some students combine online and campus based courses, so you can rest assured that you are earning the same experience through college regardless of the path you take.
Registered nurses have to join their voices together to ensure that legislation and politics do not have an impact on their ability to serve their community. The Michigan Nurses Association is there to ensure that you have a network of talented individuals that will support the career and make sure that nurses are given the power to practice what they learned. You will also have access to nurses that have worked in the field for years that can share their experiences with you and make your journey a little easier as you get started. Learn more about the benefits and what you can do to help by visiting the MNA site.
Investing in a Better Future
There is no way to sugar coat the fact that you will need to invest a significant amount of money into your education. There is, on the other hand, a way to show you how to take advantage of the tools available to you to reduce your investment by a huge percentage. Your employer will be the first place to look as their benefits programs often offer tuition assistance or reimbursement. You may even find that they offer a full time registered nursing position upon graduation and licensure. Each college offers scholarships, loans, grants and other forms of financial aid to students, but some of these offers are unique to those that attend their campus. This should be a focus of your research as you try to find the right school for you.
Finally, your biggest ally will be the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With loans, scholarships and loan repayment programs offered to those entering the health care industry, you will find significant assistance in paying for your future. Spend some time looking over the loan repayment options and you will quickly discover that upon graduation a huge chunk of your student loans can be paid off. All that is required is that you serve a community that is in dire need of even the most basic health care over the course of two years. This experience is also highly respected by employers and should give you a head start on your future. Everything you need to know can be found here.
Finding an Educator
You already understand nursing to a degree as a LPN. As you start to move towards a registered nursing degree you will want to find the perfect school to meet your needs. Every student is unique and has specific goals for their education, so research into each school will be important. For a full listing of in-state programs visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Health Care Services site. You will find all Board of Nursing Approved Education Programs listed by degree level here and should be able to explore each one over the course of a few weeks. Out of state schools won’t be listed so make sure you explore those options as well. A few have been included with this article to help you get started on that side of things.