On March 29, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order temporarily lifting certain restrictions on the provision of medical services, leading the Michigan Board of Nursing to allow nursing students from Kirtland Community College, and colleges across Michigan, to count all online classes toward the overall credit required for graduation. 42 Kirtland nursing students will now be eligible to enter the workforce in May 2020.
There’s no point in shielding you from the truth any longer. The Nursing Program at Kirtland Community College is selective and challenging. But that’s the reason our elite graduates are in such high demand on the job market once they earn their degrees.
Today’s best nurses are learning on simulated technology, but that doesn’t mean they’re as cold as a computer. In fact, they’re learning more about patient care in the modern age of nursing because they get more hands-on experiences when they have access to computer-controlled, simulated patients.
We saw high-tech nursing coming years ago and invested heavily in what’s commonly called sim tech. Our simulation training rooms are set up like real hospital rooms and our adult, adolescent, child and baby training simulators can be programmed by instructors in an adjacent observation room. Believe it or not, the training simulators can even change gender. The simulation training you’ll receive puts us on the level of the biggest four-year universities in the state.
There are a bunch of reasons why students are flocking to the nursing program at Kirtland Community College. The technology available at the Health Sciences Center seems to be topping the list.
There only are a couple of other nursing programs in Michigan with the state-of-the-art simulation trainers available for students at the HSC, located on 4 Mile Road, just east of I-75.
The demand for nurses grows rapidly as our population lives longer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 26% nursing job growth rate, rendering 526,000 new jobs. Consider an additional need for 525,000 nurses to replace those retiring or leaving the field, and the need for new nurses by 2022 exceeds a million.
Healthcare is growing. The population is aging. Hospitals are hiring. You could be working.
Everybody knows that nurses are in demand — and the pay is really good, but it takes a special person to be a nurse for the long haul.