Jenna Snyder was raised in China as the child of missionaries. She moved to China with her family when she was only 2 years old and was exposed early on to people on the streets begging for money. These people were not typically beggars rather, they also suffered from horrible conditions including leprosy, rare genetic conditions and infected wounds.
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.
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.
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.
Ken Howell is a proud GCU alumnus. He graduated from GCU with a Master of Science in Health Care Administration and is now working as executive VP of China operations at PreferUS Healthcare.
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.
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.
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.
In today’s competitive world, choosing to earn a health care degree and pursue a career in the field is one of the best decisions a prospective student can make. If you enjoy working with others and meeting the needs of patients, entering the health care field can provide you with a rewarding career. Continue reading to learn about the benefits that come with health care professions.
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.