The Michigan Nursing Action Coalition serves as the driving force transforming health care in our state with nurses at the heart of the delivery system. Understanding that Michigan has specific health care challenges and needs, we are working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to create a culture of health leading to improved health and health outcomes for Michigan’s population.



If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in Michigan, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community


Michigan will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered. 

One important first step is Michigan's SIP-Funded Nursing Education Database, available at micareerguide.com


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Michigan’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.


We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage Michigan’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead.


Michigan’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver.


To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families in Michigan.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Michigan's clearinghouse for reports, tools, and data on interprofessional collaboration is Education to Practice.


Michigan’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.


We are exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection in our state. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Michigan.

Initial data on Michigan's nursing workforce exists at michigancenterfornursing.org/data.



Cynthia Cameron, Chief Program Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute 
Melanie Brim, President & CEO, Michigan Health Council

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