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By Dulce Ruelas, MPH, CHES, CBC
Instructor, Master of Public Health Program

Mass Contagion

Have you thought about how social media can influence our daily lives constantly? Do you know the concept of mass contagion? Mass contagion is the phenomenon where society takes it upon themselves to spread information without knowing its validity. This, as you know, can easily alarm society because of the various social methods technology has to offer (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). As you read this, are you reflecting on what social media you use? How many times do you check your phone for new feeds? What types of news do you like or relate to? Simply stated, how do you communicate with others if it is not done by actually dialing their phone number?

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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 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 Tish Dorman
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

My aunt was a labor and delivery nurse. When I was a little girl she would dress me up in a nurse’s uniform, complete with cap and blue cape even though I repeatedly told her that I wasn’t going to be a nurse. After I graduated from high school and began my first year of community college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My mother said it was “time to do something with my life.” My response was, “I guess I will be a nurse.” Little did I know then that nursing was my calling. Once I started my clinical rotations, I fell in love with nursing.

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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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By Joanne Senn
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

When I was a girl, my father was a hospital administrator who started off as a medic in the army. When he retired, he ran a nursing home and would often take me, giving me a feel for hospitals and healthcare at a young age. It was these experiences early on, as well as the fact that my two older sisters were nurses, that shaped my decision to go into nursing.

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By Leslie Minjarez
Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

I decided to pursue a career in healthcare in high school. My favorite classes had always been math, chemistry and biology but during my senior year I got mononucleosis and ended up in the hospital for a week. While there this incredible nurse took care of me. She was pretty, wore a pink uniform and was always so nice to me, making me feel better every time she came to check on me. I knew then that I wanted to become a nurse.

Challenges and Rewards

I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program right out of high school. When I finished my BSN, my plan was to enroll in a master’s program but I was not sure what I wanted to do. I loved working with cancer patients at the time and immediately began to work on a difficult unit with patients experiencing complex medical problems.

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