Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Thinking about going into the healthcare field? Acquiring the necessary experience may seem challenging. However, there are a few ways in which you can take the initiative to get ahead and work towards gaining the amount of experience you need to prosper as a healthcare worker.
Healthcare at GCU
The healthcare programs offered by Grand Canyon University provide some of the best ways to gain experience, as you are able to participate in many hands-on courses and use these credits to work towards your degree.
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is one of GCU’s largest colleges, with many students actively pursuing healthcare careers. Students complete a wide range of in-depth courses that aim to guide them and teach them the necessary healthcare tactics and tools they need to be as prepared as possible before entering the work force. For example, GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration can prepare you to excel as a health manager.
Completing an internship while you are still in school is always a good idea. By taking on an internship position, not only is this beneficial to you in gaining experience, but it can also look good to prospective employers who are searching for dedicated, hard workers to add to their healthcare team.
There are many internship opportunities out there if you look carefully, and Grand Canyon University’s Office of Internships can help you in your search! The more internships you apply for, the better chance you have of gaining experience in the field you desire.
Shadowing and Volunteering
If you ask, many healthcare businesses will allow you to shadow a doctor or nurse, or even volunteer your time. Go to your local clinic or hospital to ask about opportunities in shadowing or volunteering. They may already have a program you can become part of, or they may allow you to come in on your own time and learn about what a typical day in the healthcare profession looks like. Either way, it never hurts to ask – and you could be pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer.
To learn more about the healthcare programs offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of this page.
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a sophomore majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.