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By Lisa G. Smith, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Nurses and other health care providers spend countless hours caring for the needs of other people. In an effort to care for others, many times these same health care providers neglect caring for themselves.

You might think that how you care for yourself (body, mind and spirit) has no real impact on how effectively you care for the physical needs of others. Or, perhaps you believe it is a personal matter and no one else’s business.

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Grand Canyon University prides itself on being a military-friendly institution. GCU equips military students with the tools and resources that they need to be successful in their college journey. Servicemembers can prepare for a career in healthcare through GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, which offers many programs for military students and is dedicated to the learning experience and preparation of every student to take on the modern day medical field. Here are a few healthcare and nursing programs for veterans:

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Looking to make sure your online nursing program is from an accredited university? Every college student deserves a high-quality education and confidence in their degree. Grand Canyon University holds regional, college and program-specific accreditations for its programs, including its online nursing programs. If you are interested in earning your nursing degree online, look to GCU. Learn more about our nursing program accreditation:

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Nurses play a vital role in the healthcare field. They are not only responsible for tending to the needs of patients, but they also assist doctors with important medical work on daily basis. Today, many nurses are choosing to advance their education by earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Choosing to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online is a great opportunity for nurses to advance their career and experience higher leadership role, more responsibility and a potential salary increase!

So, how many years does it take to become a nurse with a bachelor’s degree? If you want to earn an RN to BSN, how long does it take? Check out the answers to these questions below:

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Earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a great way to advance in your nursing career. Those who decide to further their education and pursue an MSN will gain specialized knowledge for their desired career path. As a result, they may find themselves with increased career options and benefits.

It’s no question receiving your master’s in nursing is worthwhile. Once you have made the decision to earn your MSN, the next step is to decide where to receive your education from.

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For most people, the career path of those who earn a BSN degree seems pretty straightforward. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are common settings in which nurses work; however, those who earn their BSN degree are not limited to work in only these settings.

Today, there are many unique nursing jobs that go beyond working in traditional settings. Here is a list of just several of the many unique job opportunities in the field of nursing.

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By Jennifer Billingsley, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions 

I was holding the delicate hand of a 98-year-old woman who had raised six children and worked on a farm for over 50 years. I watched as her breathing started to slow down, and all of the stress and worry washed away from her face.

I was a senior in high school and had just watched a person die right in front of me. Peacefully. I felt the presence of God pick her up in His arms and cradle her frail body.

It was in this moment that I knew I would be a nurse.

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