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

The Masters of Public Health program is excited to announce their first MPH Student Research Project. Dr. Paltzer will be working with MPH student, Ruth Dykstra, on a research project that will serve as a survey of holistic health and development methods and models that integrate physical and spiritual determinants of health. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is one such example of a holistic health approach.

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By Jerry W. Perkins
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions 

Future Healthcare Administrators student club (FHCA) is a student organization dedicated to providing useful information to students of Grand Canyon University that are currently pursuing a degree, or are interested in the field of healthcare administration. This student-organized group is open to any student of GCU, and there are no dues, just a fun, safe place to meet peers and ask questions.

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Registered nurses provide a shoulder for grieving family members to lean on. They hold their patients’ hands and offer emotional support during some of the most difficult times in life. Nursing isn’t for the faint of heart—it’s a ministry to others and it can be emotionally draining. RNs can find solace in their faith communities, but it’s also essential for them to develop their own emotional resiliency.

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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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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 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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