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Taught by experts in their respective fields and practicing nurses, the online RN to BSN program from Grand Canyon University is designed for registered nurses who are ready to take their career to the next level. If you’re interested in furthering your education and developing in-demand nursing competencies, then continue reading to learn some of the top skills that nursing employers look for in candidates.

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By Danielle Henderson
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Growing up, I remember always being disappointed when vegetables were put on my plate, but I never asked myself why. In high school I was excited because we were allowed to go off campus for lunch, which meant I had one meal of day with “freedom.” There were plenty of fast food options within walking distance and once my friends and I started to drive, possibilities were endless.

As a freshman in college I continued this eating out trend. But once I moved off campus, I began to cook often. While I was eating healthier than I had ate since living at home, it wasn’t until I graduated and began teaching health in a Brooklyn, New York high school that I started to learn the power of food.

The health teacher before me left materials in the classroom, including a yellow DVD titled King Corn. Out of desperation for an in-class activity one day, I played the DVD, which discussed corn in America. I learned that everything, and I mean almost everything is made with corn. This led me to watch a second documentary about food, titled, Food, Inc.

After watching Food, Inc., I decided I was done eating meat. I thought this would last one week, but it turned in to six years of being a vegetarian. My family was skeptical, my friends were skeptical, but I stuck with it. My main motivator was that I wanted to practice what I was preaching to my students.

Fast forward six years, I came home one day, and my mom was watching a documentary about food. I asked, “What are you watching.”  She replied, “A new documentary, ‘What the Health’, I’m going to become a vegan.” I looked at her with a blank stare, sat down and we started it over. We were both surprised to learn how food has cured chronic disease in so many.

After reading more books (two of my favorites are “How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease” by Michael Gregor and “Food: What the heck should I eat?” By Mark Hyman) I decided to embody a plant-based lifestyle. But really, the biggest thing I’ve learned, is to pay attention to how food makes me feel. It’s not about losing weight or the new fad diet.

Food is fuel.

When I eat fried food, I don’t feel good. When I eat a fresh salad filled with vegetables, nuts and an olive oil based dressing, I do. To date, I have been plant based for almost two years. I still eat out, for there is always a healthy option. Sometimes I have to be bold and ask the waiter or waitress, but I have never been turned away. I’ve learned to cook so many new things and really I embrace the journey I am having with food. I encourage everyone to find the foods that make them feel good physically and mentally. It is one thing you can do to be the best you.

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions helps students prepare for rewarding careers in the healthcare field. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us using the green Request More Information button at the top of the page.

References

  • Anderson, K., & Kuhn, K. (Producers), & Anderson, K. and Kuhn, K. (Directors). (2017). What the health. [Video/DVD] Santa Rosa, CA: A.U.M. Films & Media.
  • Greger, M. (2015). How not to die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. New York: Flatiron Books.
  • Hyman, M. (2018). Food: What the heck should I eat? (1st ed.). Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
  • Kenner, R. and Pearlstein, E. (Directors). (2009). Food, inc. [Video/DVD] Los Angeles, CA: Magnolia Home Entertainment.
  • Cheney, I., Ellis, C., & Woolf, A. (Producers), & Woolf, A. (Director). (2007). King corn. [Video/DVD] Balcony Releasing.
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By Xochitl Wilson
Bachelors in Dietetics, 15 years plus in Nutrition Education, Health Coach and former GCU student

As I was prepping my meals for the week, the thought that has crossed my mind since 2006, how is it possible that the United States suffers from food insecurity? Specifically, Arizonans. Guilt and helplessness overwhelmed me because I’m able to open my refrigerator and have the option to choose between a variety of milk types to make pancakes. Helpless because I’m only one person that wishes she had a magic wand to prevent disadvantaged children, adults, and seniors from finding themselves without food. We can go around and round about some of the choice’s adults make and why they may see themselves in undesirable situations. However, the question should be, what can I do to mitigate food insecurity within our communities?

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On October 24, the Future Health Care Administrators Club, in collaboration with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), hosted an event that saw over sixty-four Grand Canyon University student attendees. Lead by the Vice President of Membership Committee of Arizona Healthcare Executives (AHE), Christopher Wilson acted as the moderator for the event. Among the healthcare executives that served as speakers are two recent Grand Canyon University alumni that graduated from the health care administration major.

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On November 7, the Future Health Care Administrators Club (FHCA) hosted an event where healthcare executives from Bandera Healthcare, a subsidiary of Ensign Group came to Grand Canyon University to speak about their experiences working in long-term care. One fact about Ensign’s portfolio is that it has 226 healthcare facilities, 20 hospice agencies, 18 home health agencies and three home care businesses in California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Kansas and South Carolina. However, the speakers that came to the event were executives from all around Arizona cities such as Dessert Blossom and Health Rehab, Lake Pleasant Post-Acute Rehabilitation, Dessert Terrace Healthcare Center, Bella Vita Health & Rehabilitation Center and Horizon Post-Acute and Rehabilitation Center.

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By Carolina Regalado Murillo
Student, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

The United States can be considered a melting pot of different cultures, each one unique in its own respect. According to Campos and Kim (2017), culture is defined as a dynamic system with loosely organized but often casually connected elements. Culture can set apart societal groups due to differences in economics, politics, religion and language.

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By Delia F. Begay
Student, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Many health issues are affecting millions of people throughout the world. One of the many health issues is known as cancer. There is not just one type of cancer but instead over 100 types of cancer (NIH, 2015). Depending on the location within the body where cancer starts, that is where its name is derived from. Healthy human cells grow as needed, die off, get removed and regenerate. However, with cancer, those cells continue to grow, divide more, become more abnormal, do not die and often spread into surrounding tissues. These masses of tissue are known as tumors and tumors can be malignant (cancerous), or benign (non-cancerous). Cancer is a genetic disease which is a change made within the gene that controls the cells normal healthy functions.

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There are many different elements involved in patient treatment, and nurses need to stay in-the-know about all of them. If you’re a registered nurse, then Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions can help you stay on top of the latest trends in health care while gaining the skills necessary to further your career. When you’re always learning, you’ll stay informed about different types of treatment, including pet therapy.

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Caring for patients is a ministry that nurses feel called to perform. Although nursing is an inherently compassionate profession, it’s all too easy to lose sight of these values in the rush to get from one patient to the next. Advancing in your health care career isn’t solely about continuing education opportunities, such as the RN to BSN program at Grand Canyon University. It’s also about slowing down, and taking the time to reflect on the values that initially led you to health care. Remembering these values every day can improve outcomes for your patients and lead to a more spiritually fulfilling career.

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By Dulce Maria Ruelas
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, as a public health practitioner, awareness is ongoing. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in all race and ethnic background women (Lee et al., 2017). Most recent data (2014) positions breast cancer at an incidence of 236,968 new cases a year, which is a rate of 123.9 percent and 41, 211 deaths. This translates to a 20.5 percent yearly death rate among women (CDC, 2017). Current data (2014) records that the highest rate of incidence was in women ages 70-74 (CDC, 2017). In 2009 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended there be biennial screening for women ages 50-74. The screening recommendation age has now shifted ten years. This means that screening now starts at age 40 and the timing from yearly to biennial, (Qin, Tangka, Guy, & Howard, 2016) thus then decreasing potential mammography’s among average-risk women of all ethnicities.

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