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2007-2009 Catalog 
2007-2009 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (NUR)

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2180 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3420
Fax: (810) 766-6851
web address:

Director: Margaret Andrews

Associate Director: Linda Knecht

Assistant Director for Clinical Affairs-Hurley Medical Center: Elizabeth Holifield

Assistant Director for Graduate Program: Constance Creech

Administrative Specialist: Marge Hathaway

Business Administrator Associate: Denise Shourd

Academic Advisors: Maris Gilles, Lynn Kruse

Principal Secretary: Carol Hall

Associate Professor Janet Barnfather; Assistant Professors Margaret Andrews, Constance Creech, Linda Knecht, Hiba Wehbe-Alamah; Professor II Maureen Tippen; Clinical Assistant Professor Kristi George; Lecturers Bonnie Hudson, Rose Luster-Turner; Adjunct Professor John Thornburg; Lecturers Andrea Abernathy, Mary Bair, Edith Bardzilowski, Libby Bell, Lynnette Bourne, Michael Brannon, Brenda Buckle, Kathryn Coggins, Susan Colarossi, Sandra Cooper, Laura Dahnke, Deborah Filos, Pat Fitch, Lauren Goldie, Suzanne Guzelaydin, Carol Higgins, Charles Johnston, Christina Kalisz, Suzanne Keep, Lillian Mess, Sandra Miller, Mary Moretto, Margie Murray-Wright, Richard Richardson, Deborah Smith, Sandra Smith, Theresa Stevens, D. Kay Taylor, Diane Towers, Juanita Wells, Denise Will, Michelle Yaste.

Opportunities in the field of Nursing are evolving in new, challenging directions as health care settings expand and diversify. A generation ago, nurses were primarily prepared for work in hospitals. Today, a myriad of challenging opportunities are available. Through the study of theory, research and practice the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student prepares to provide health care to people across the lifespan with awareness of the exigencies of gender, culture, and ethnicity. Theoretical and clinical learning experiences prepare the student to provide care for the acutely and chronically ill and also to instruct clients in health promotion, and disease and injury prevention. BSN students also develop administrative skills necessary to manage the health care needs of clients in a variety of settings. For today’s professional nurse, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is essential.

The general education component of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which includes arts, sciences and humanities, provides the student with an academic background promoting development of a well-rounded individual. Students are challenged to develop high level analytical and critical thinking skills. Upon completion of nursing program and general education requirements, the University of Michigan-Flint awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Career opportunities for professional nurses are continually expanding and include: hospitals, clinics, physicians’ office practices, home health care agencies, schools, parish churches, businesses, the military, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, wellness centers, fitness centers, and community and public health agencies. Nurses are finding opportunities in the fields of business, law and many sectors of the government. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the foundation for graduate study in nursing. The graduate program in Nursing at the University of Michigan- Flint prepares nurses to be Family Nurse Practitioners, Adult/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, or Adult Nurse Practitioners.


In April, 2006, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, granted ten-year accreditation to both the baccalaureate program in nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Nursing. You may contact them at CCNE; One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; telephone (202) 887-6791; fax (202) 887-8476.

Department Mission and Program Assessment

The Mission of the undergraduate Nursing Program of the University of Michigan-Flint is to create a learning environment that:

  • Prepares graduates to design, manage, and provide nursing care in a variety of settings to meet the health needs of a diverse society through theory-based practice.
  • Promotes service to the University, profession, and community.
  • Supports scholarly endeavors that advance the health of society.

The Department of Nursing participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Students are expected to fully engage in this process. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

Programs in Nursing

A concentration program is offered leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program has two tracks. (1) The University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Basic BSN Program  is for students who are earning their Bachelor’s degree as they prepare for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). A prenursing program is available for these students. (2) The RN/BSN Program , or Registered Nurse Program, is for the student who is a graduate of a state-approved nursing program and already holds a license to practice as Registered Nurse in Michigan.

The Department of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing Program  with three tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Nurse Practitioner. RN/MSN admission is available. See the Graduate Study  section of this Catalog for further information.

Nursing Development and Research

2180 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3420

Director: Margaret Andrews

The office of Nursing Development and Research is organized to meet the needs of nurses for continued learning beyond their basic preparation. The Office works cooperatively with Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee health care institutions/agencies, as well as state-wide professional organizations, to provide conferences and workshops for health care professionals.

Instructors for continuing education programs include state and national leaders, specialists in health care agencies, and University of Michigan-Flint faculty. Participation in continuing education programs is open to health care professionals in hospitals, home health and community health agencies, nursing homes, health care organizations, industry, and schools.

Continuing Education Credit

The Office of Nursing Development and Research is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Michigan Nurses’ Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation. Availability of continuing education credits for other health care professionals is dependent upon the content of the specific program and the requirements of the professional organization/provider.

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