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By Mary Robinson
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

When I was 6 years old, my grandmother died of brain cancer. Seeing how kind and awesome the nurses in the hospital were to my grandma made me want to be a nurse. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to go into nursing. Today, I teach courses at Grand Canyon University in the RN to BSN program.

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Nursing students often ask, “What are the most valuable advantages of earning a BSN?” Some nurses are concerned about the time commitment or cost associated with earning a BSN. In light of current research regarding patient outcomes and improvements in the rates for morbidity and mortality associated with increasing levels of education among nurses, a bachelor’s degree is becoming the standard for nursing practice. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can also open doors for nurses to greater job and leadership opportunities.

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By Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

One way I deal with problems is to compartmentalize them into distinct buckets. I tend to separate my personal relationships from my work relationships and my church community from the community I live in. Occasionally, these might overlap, but I find myself working to keep them distinct to protect myself from criticism or conflicting worldviews.

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By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College

Starting a club on campus is no small feat: It takes a significant amount of time to plan, advertise and maintain a club. GCU Honors College student Genesis Cortez, a healthcare administration major and Spanish minor, was determined to make her dream of a healthcare administration club a reality.

Cortez, who was raised in Yuma County, Arizona, had experience working as an intern at a healthcare facility where she lives. Through this opportunity, she had the chance to job shadow the CEO and the office manager, where she learned skills that she was able to take into her management and leading of her new club. After she graduates, she plans on going back to Yuma to work for a nonprofit organization or healthcare facility.

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By A. Veronica Perez, MPH
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Shannon Kesey, a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, has wanted to be an epidemiologist since she was an undergraduate. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she spent three years with Texas A & M University working in molecular and cellular research.

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The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University has been providing exceptional education in the healthcare field for over 30 years. Ruth Skinner, MSN, ACNP-BC, is the lead faculty member for the acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) program at GCU. She has experience as an acute care nurse practitioner and extensive knowledge of the practice, making her a valuable member of the college.

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By Lanie Kosik, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions  

What do you know about the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, at Grand Canyon University? Would like to be a part of the Nu Upsilon Chapter? Wondering how it all works?

Nu Upsilon is the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International here at GCU. The Greek meaning of the honor society translates to “love, courage and honor.”

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By A. Veronica Perez, MPH
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Grand Canyon University alumni are making a meaningful difference in our communities and in our world. It gives me great pleasure to share the success of one of our Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates, Linda Kimaru.

Linda graduated from the GCU MPH program in 2013 and has transitioned from an exceptional public health student, to an exceptional public health professional.

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