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Nurse educators are highly trained professionals who hold a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education degree. Nurse educators often work in colleges and universities to educate and inspire the next generation of health care providers. If you prefer to work one-on-one with patients and families, there are other career options that this degree program can prepare you for, such as a patient advocate or a patient educator.

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The American Nurses Association created a set of Peer Review Guidelines in 1988. Since then, these guidelines have helped nurses around the country make sure they are following proper regulations for patient care and safety. When you earn your RN to BSN degree at Grand Canyon University, you will gain new skills that can help you understand and execute these reviews in the best possible way. Take a closer look at the nursing peer review process:

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A collaborative, team-minded approach to health care isn’t just a way to make the work environment positive and more enjoyable. It’s also a smart way to improve efficiency, encourage professional growth and facilitate effective communication to promote positive patient outcomes. When healthcare professionals work together, patients receive better care and everyone benefits! Today’s healthcare environment functions using a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, there are things you can do to foster collaboration and promote teamwork.

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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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