College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Achievements from our Students

Kristy A. Bowen, a full-time Registered Nurse in Blythe, CA was one week away from starting a program at another college until GCU paid a visit to her workplace of Palo Verde Hospital.  Kristy was so impressed with GCU's RN to BSN program that she made an immediate decision to attend Grand Canyon University instead and began her program just weeks later! We are proud to announce that Kristy graduated with her BSN on May 4, 2012. Congratulations Kristy.


Achievements from our Faculty

Dr. Anne McNamara, Dean of our College of Nursing, is in the news again having been named the 2012 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year in the Private Sector.  This prestigious award is presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in recognition of excellence in leadership, service to the community and dedication to the mentorship of other women.

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Dr. Anne McNamara was featured as a "Leader to Watch" in the August issue of Nurse Leader Magazine; a bi-monthly publication of the American Organization of Nurse Executives which spotlights a well-known nurse leader in the field in every issue.

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Assistant Professor, Sherri Spicer, RN, MSN, CNE and Clinical Lab Director, Sheila Searles, RN, BSN of the College of Nursing have been invited to speak at the annual conference of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning in San Antonio, June 2012. The title of their presentation is "Community Based Simulation: Chronic Disease Management Strategies in the Home."

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Grand Canyon University's very own LeAnne Prenovost has been named BestCollegesOnline.com's 2012 Online College Professor of the Year!  Each year, this significant award recognizes forward-thinking online college professors who utilize new technologies to connect with distance students and enhance their learning experience.  LeAnne was named as one of ten total finalists before receiving the highest number of votes during the voting period.

LeAnne Prenovost comes from over 25 years or nursing experience and 5 years teaching online classes in nursing, health care, and business administration.  She is truly an outstanding choice for this particular distinction because LeAnne earned her BA, MBA, and a dual Master's Degree through online programs. LeAnne's students rave about her ability to establish impactful relationships and cultivate a strong online learning community.

Along with being featured on BestCollegesOnline.com's contest page, LeAnne will be presented with a $1,000 award for her outstanding achievement.  A passionate supporter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, LeAnne plans to donate the award to Ovarian Cancer research in memory of her sister, Lisa Wilkinson.

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Dr. Anne McNamara, Dean of the College of Nursing, won Nursing Advocate of the Year at 2012's Arizona Healthcare Leadership Awards. Through Dr. McNamara's leadership, GCU's College of Nursing graduates have been actively recruited by Arizona's leading healthcare providers.  It is this continued excellence in preparing quality nurses for the professional environment, coupled with a dedication to performing volunteer work throughout the community that has earned Dean Anne McNamara and GCU this prestigious distinction.

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Two members of GCU's Tucson faculty were honored recently at the Tucson Fabulous 50 Nurses Gala. The winners were selected from more than 150 applications based on professionalism, education, research and personal vitality. Chosen from GCU were Kay Lehman and Anita Gallardo. Lehman, a nurse for 25 years, is the skills lab coordinator for our Tucson campus. Gallardo is a full-time family nurse practitioner for the University of Arizona Family and Community Medicine Mobile Health Program. She is teaching in the Tucson FNP program this summer.

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College of Nursing Dean Anne McNamara has been appointed to a two-year term on the 10-member board of directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC certifies nurses in specialty healthcare areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and gerontological nursing.

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International Exchange with China:  Four College of Nursing faculty members, including Dr. Cheryl Roat, Dr. Kay Turk, Jennifer Brody,  and Anne Wendt, along with 11 graduate students, will be traveling to China from June 24-July 11, 2011. Faculty members and students will be making formal presentations in conferences to nurses and student nurses in the Beijing area and at Changchun Medical College in Changchun. GCU graduate students will be working in clinics alongside Chinese physicians to complete a total of 80 clinical hours toward their Family Nurse Practitioner clinical education. At the same time, the four nursing faculty members will be lecturing to Chinese undergraduate nursing students. This exchange experience will allow faculty and students the opportunity to learn about primary care and the nursing education system in the People's Republic of China in a direct way as they work with healthcare providers.  GCU is excited to partner with Changchun Medical College with plans for an ongoing exchange for years to come.

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As an Assistant Professor for GCU's College of Nursing, Debra Haber is pursuing a post master's Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Debra is currently in the Primary Care of the Adult clinical rotation with a Family Practice Physician and a Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner. She will graduate with the ANP/GNP in 2012 but will still be taking classes toward her DNP. By furthering her education, Debra is taking the next progression in her nursing practice, which improves her ability as a professor in the pre-licensure program.

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As a GCU Assistant Professor of Nursing, Linda Hemmila is currently working on her Ed.D. from Walden University and is scheduled to graduate in January 2012. Linda's doctoral project will involve exploring students' test taking experiences in lower-level nursing courses and how it affects their academic success or failure. Part of the project will include a plan to develop a remediation program specifically for students who are at risk for academic failure on the first two levels of the nursing program. The ultimate goal would be to improve retention rates and provide students with the guidance they need to be successful. Linda is passionate about this topic because of her experiences with nursing students at a higher cognitive level who have experienced difficulty with multiple-choice test questions.


Achievements from our Alumni 

Crystal Ericksen graduated from GCU in May 2010 with a degree in nursing. While at GCU, Crystal was an active member of the Student Nurses Association, serving as treasurer for a year and then becoming a student mentor her senior year. Crystal also worked at Mayo Clinic as a student assistant while in school for a year. After graduating from GCU with her nursing degree, Crystal moved with her husband to Joplin, Missouri where she worked on a Cardiology floor of a hospital. Crystal was in Joplin during the time of the catastrophic tornado in May of 2011.

According to Crystal, "Some say your training leaves you when a crisis happens and others find out where their strength is and determine that they are in the right calling. I found my calling that evening [of the tornado] and know that God moved my husband and I to Joplin because that was where he was going to use us."

Dean McNamara's feature came right after the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announced her as a finalist nominee for 2011's ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Awards recognizes excellence in leadership and service for the professional development and mentorship of women.