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Nursing: Staying Alert and Preventing Fatigue

Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Students are entering the last half of the semester and are focused on the finish line. Preceptorships, practicums and capstone projects are the stepping stones to convocation, commencement and graduation celebrations.  After four years of long nights, last-minute projects and juggling multiple classes, students may think life becomes simpler after graduation with just one “job” to focus on.  Many times, the anticipated reality is not as easy as it sounds.

It is a nurse’s responsibility to come to work alert and ready to provide safe patient care. Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4-10) is a great time to remember the impact a nurses’ fatigue can have on a patient’s safety. Fatigue can lead to lapses in attention, a lack of motivation, a decrease in problem-solving ability, confusion, irritability, impaired communication, diminished reaction time, indifference and loss of empathy.  These factors can put both patients and staff at risk.
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Guest Post: February is Heart Health Month–Show Your Heart Some Love!

Grand Canyon University College of Nursing Students at AT Stills CampusIt’s easy to forget about your heart health when you’re on the go! In the daily grind of studying for that big exam, dropping the kids off at day care or rushing to get to that meeting, we often take the health of our hearts for granted.  Show your heart some extra TLC today! The American Heart Association featured an article titled “The Simple 7” that outlines seven ways to improve your heart health.
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