Amy Salgado

Amy Salgado is a native Arizonan. She started her career journey as a housekeeper for Carondelet Health Network in 1995. A year later she advanced to a Certified Nurse's Aide and then a Patient Care Technician. At that time she had served in the Arizona Air National Guard for six years. Amy obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2002 from Pima Community College. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 2007, while working at St Mary's Hospital telemetry unit acquiring her basic skills in nursing. After a brief break she pursued her Masters in Nursing Leadership and Post Master Certificate in Nursing Education through Grand Canyon University. She has been given the honor of working in a new position as a Clinical Care Coordinator, Transitional Care Nurse for Carondelet Health Network, along with her adjunct online education position with Grand Canyon University.
She is married to her husband Charlie of 12 years. He has always given her his continuous encouragement and support in pursing her dreams and is her greatest cheerleader. They have three beautiful daughters: Bella their 2 year, Mia their five-year old and Emily their seven-year old. Amy spends her extra time with her children including ballet, zoo trips, swim lessons and crafts.

How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

Providing a strong foundation for a yearning to learn is critically important in the health care system. Health care education must be effective - the welfare of our patients requires a health care education system that is failsafe. Health care education requires that my teaching process evaluates the needs of students according to exigencies of the spectrum of health care levels. Perhaps the most important aspect of health care education is generating a spirit of inquiry and that is my purpose in reaching out to my students. The desire of the student to expand health care knowledge will lead to learning core health care concepts and the proper application of critical thinking in the application of health care techniques.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

I believe teaching needs to promote a positive learning environment. Students need to be able to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become successful. The development of insight into the implications of theories to practice needs to be encouraged and learned. Nursing requires the learning of underlying principles, analyzing them and applying the principles into practice. Every patient is different and must be treated individually, depending on their circumstance. Teaching nursing students the ability to use their minds, hearts, hands and senses for nursing can be challenging yet very rewarding.

What is one GCU online student success story you can share?

One of my favorite classes to teach is Health Assessment in Health Care. Many students have been nurses for a number of years and feel that they are very proficient in health assessments. After a five week course, I have had students thank me on assisting then with the expansion of their experience base knowledge learned through an online assessment course. Many students tend to be skeptical on taking this course online. It is gratifying to know I have been able to assist nurses in the application of better health care techniques.