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A statistic by Lamar University states that “there are four times as many nurses as doctors in the U.S., and their roles continue to grow as nurses expand into services beyond traditional areas to include work in private practices, clinics, public health centers, nursing homes, companies and mental health agencies”. With this staggering number of nurses, it is important that each one of them is confident and well-prepared for the workforce.

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By Dawna Cato
GCU Alumni, Vice President of Clinical Care Services

At 22 years old, I was a young mother with two children both born with congenital heart defects. I knew I wanted to go to college, and nursing seemed to be an obvious choice so I could understand my children’s condition more fully and better care for them. I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 1990.

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By Samantha Deck
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Nursing runs in my family so it was almost natural for me to become a nurse. My sister, a nurse herself, inspired me to start the career initially. After I achieved my training as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), I fell in love with caring for patients and wanted to improve my knowledge and skill. So I decided to advance my degree.

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By Catherine Beasley
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

My career in nursing started in the small town I grew up in where the hospital was home to 20 beds. My father was a physician and my mother worked in the lab. In high school I took a nurse’s aide class and worked as a nursing assistant for a year. I loved the work and admired the nurses that worked alongside me. Their competence regarding rural nursing and compassion for patients inspired me to become the nurse and person I am today.

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Nurses take on many roles in healthcare facilities, from caring for patients to speaking with doctors to keeping patient information secure and confidential. It is easier to keep up with these responsibilities and further your career when you are learning about what is new and different in the healthcare industry. Taking steps, such as enrolling in the RN to BSN degree program, can help you improve your nursing practice.

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Thirteen years ago, Tess Ventura watched helplessly as her father died of a heart attack in her ER. When they brought him in to the hospital, Tess did all in her power to restart his heart, but with no success.

After this life changing experience, Tess needed to get away from it all, so she moved from the Philippines to the U.S. Here, she slowly but surely got back into the medical field. She started by passing her nursing boards. She was still tentative about going back into the medical field again, but her passion for healing the sick was too great. Soon, she was working as a cardiothoracic nurse and loving every minute. It was at this point that Tess decided to earn her master’s degree and nurse practitioner license.

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