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Category: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

By Tammy McGarity
GCU Alumna, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

My name is Tammy, and I am the director for the Center for Clinical Excellence at a Magnet hospital. I am responsible for researching, implementing and standardizing best evidence-based practices in our healthcare system. Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, with its focus on implementing research and best practices in nursing, prepared me to question the status quo, think outside of the box, research the literature and implement best practices.

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By Pamela Love
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

I am Pamela Love, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, an associate professor at the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions serving as the academic quality review (AQR) manager in the DNP program. I moved from Houston to Phoenix just after Hurricane Harvey visited last August. By the Grace of God, my family was spared the devastation so many others suffered. I also married the “Love” of my life before moving across the country to begin an exciting new adventure at GCU.

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Thirteen years ago, Tess Ventura watched helplessly as her father died of a heart attack in her ER. When they brought him in to the hospital, Tess did all in her power to restart his heart, but with no success.

After this life changing experience, Tess needed to get away from it all, so she moved from the Philippines to the U.S. Here, she slowly but surely got back into the medical field. She started by passing her nursing boards. She was still tentative about going back into the medical field again, but her passion for healing the sick was too great. Soon, she was working as a cardiothoracic nurse and loving every minute. It was at this point that Tess decided to earn her master’s degree and nurse practitioner license.

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Are you an MSN-prepared nurse who is looking to advance their education and become a nurse executive? If so, then Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program could be for you. This DNP degree program is designed for practice-focused leaders who want to make a positive impact by applying current research to practice or system challenges. To accommodate a broad range of schedules, GCU offers its DNP program through online or evening classes. There are several factors to consider when deciding which of these options is right for you:

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