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Nurses take on many roles in healthcare facilities, from caring for patients to speaking with doctors to keeping patient information secure and confidential. It is easier to keep up with these responsibilities and further your career when you are learning about what is new and different in the healthcare industry. Taking steps, such as enrolling in the RN to BSN degree program, can help you improve your nursing practice.

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Nurses who network successfully often find it easier to advance in their career. They also have a strong support system to lean on, as only another nurse can truly understand the common challenges faced by nursing professionals. Networking isn’t difficult, but it does require a little effort. Here are a few networking tips for nursing professionals to help you start building relationships:

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You probably became a nurse because you felt called to help others in need. This is admirable, but there is no shame in admitting when you are starting to experience nursing burnout. The long hours, last-minute schedule changes and demanding patients can take a toll after a while – not to mention the heartbreak of losing patients to diseases and physical trauma. Most nurses go through this, whether they acknowledge it or not. Fortunately, there are ways you can reignite your passion for nursing. Try a few different things to find out what works for you:

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Nursing careers demand an extensive knowledge base and strong technical skills, but there is more to nursing than taking vital signs and administering medications. Registered nurses are also de facto family counselors. Exceptional nurses recognize that patient behaviors are often driven by emotion. By cultivating their own emotional intelligence, nurses are better able to serve their patients and support positive workplace relationships.

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A career in nursing can be incredibly rewarding and meaningful, and it can also offer a healthy future for employment. Grand Canyon University, one of Arizona’s top nursing schools, offers a wide selection of nursing programs that range from BSN to MSN and DNP. If you aren’t sure whether this path is the right one for you, then keep reading to learn some signs that may mean you’d enjoy a career in nursing:

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Are you a registered nurse who wants to gain additional professional practice and knowledge of healthcare theory? If so, then Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree could be the ideal program for you. Earning GCU’s RN to BSN can help you achieve your career goals and learn how to combine your principles with your profession. The following are a few factors that may help you incorporate your Christian values and a career in nursing:

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Critical care nursing is a complex and challenging specialty. As a critical care nurse, you are responsible for giving vital attention to patients that may be in immediate danger. You also use your advanced skills to care for patients who are critically ill and at high risk for life-threatening health problems. If you are considering advancing your education, Grand Canyon University may offer a nursing program that is right for you:

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Grand Canyon University prides itself on being a military-friendly institution. GCU equips military students with the tools and resources that they need to be successful in their college journey. Servicemembers can prepare for a career in healthcare through GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, which offers many programs for military students and is dedicated to the learning experience and preparation of every student to take on the modern day medical field. Here are a few healthcare and nursing programs for veterans:

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By Jennifer Billingsley, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions 

I was holding the delicate hand of a 98-year-old woman who had raised six children and worked on a farm for over 50 years. I watched as her breathing started to slow down, and all of the stress and worry washed away from her face.

I was a senior in high school and had just watched a person die right in front of me. Peacefully. I felt the presence of God pick her up in His arms and cradle her frail body.

It was in this moment that I knew I would be a nurse.

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