OnPulse with GCU is an onsite, complimentary program designed to increase employee retention and develop staff skillsets that positively impact patient experiences, quality & safe care and internal team culture. The program facilitates hands-on, customized activities, interactive discussions and learning labs for nurses, nurse leaders and auxiliary staff at no cost to our partner hospitals and health care facilities.

OnPulse experts are highly qualified, experienced professionals who possess specialized skills and knowledge to coach, mentor and inform on various educational topics. Our subject-matter experts share valuable insight, innovative ideas and critical issues relevant to health care communities.

Bring OnPulse with GCU to your facility or organization! GCU offers customized, onsite sessions taught by experts in the following topics areas:

Topics for Managers / Directors / Administrators

  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Engaging and Retaining the Best Employees
  • Programming for Interprofessional Collaboration 
  • Succession Planning: Identifying and Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Career and Professional Development: Strategic Planning in a Changing Health Care Landscape
  • Service Recovery: Regaining Client Trust
  • Quality and Safety: Building a Culture of CQI

Topics for Nursing Staff

  • Career and Professional Development: New Roles in Nursing
    The landscape of health care is changing dramatically. New roles for nurses in patient care, population management, telehealth, informatics and biotechnology have emerged. Have you considered all of the options available to you as a highly skilled nurse? This session examines what the next decade holds for nurses seeking new opportunities.
  • Self-Care and Mental Health
    Improving care requires a knowledgeable and healthy staff. Today's health care environment is constantly changing and health care providers are facing more issues than ever before. This session examines approaches to self-care and mental health for the health care provider.
  • Relationship-Building in the Age of Technology
    In the digital age, we are more connected than we have ever been, but are we really connected to our patients, our colleagues and our organization? This session explores ways to invest time in building relationships to maximize employee satisfaction, motivation and performance.
  • Business Acumen for the Health Care Provider
    Service recovery, supply curve and productivity indicators are topics only now being discussed in nursing schools. For many of us, these business principles are a foreign language. This session focuses on translating business principles to improve patient care.

Past OnPulse Sessions


Meet the Experts

Dr. Agins received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He has held faculty appointments at Brown University Medical School, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and University of Virginia School of Nursing. He has also served as visiting/adjunct faculty in NP programs for a number of other universities across the country. During his tenure at Brown, Dr. Agins was the recipient of the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for five consecutive years. Beyond academia, over the past 25 years he has presented continuing medical education programs in pharmacology (and pathophysiology), nationally, to more than 90,000 nurses, nurse practitioners and other allied healthcare professionals.

Expert Areas: Basic and Clinical Pharmacology Education, National Faculty for Opioid REMS Program, Development of Continuing Education Websites and Video Content

Dr. Anderson is a health care consultant for RMA Consulting of Arizona and a consultant/surveyor for Global Healthcare Accreditation. From 2009 to 2016, she was the CEO of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, a Banner Health hospital. Prior to that she held CEO, COO and CNO positions for health care organizations in the East Coast, Midwest and Southwest. She is a board member for Grand Canyon University National Advisory Committee and a member of the AZNA Foundation and AONE Foundation.

Expert Areas: Quality and Safety, Measures and Metrics of Performance, General Workforce Issues, Generational/Millennial, Technology

Rachel Behrendt has more than 25 years of experience in health care. She has a background in management and administration, including program implementation, performance improvement and coordinating organizational initiatives. She earned her DNP at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, MSN in nursing education from Monmouth University, West Long Branch and BA in English from Rutgers. She is a board member for Grand Canyon University National Advisory Committee and a member of American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Magnet Committee.

Expert Areas: Career Path Development, Interprofessional Communication, Crucial Communication, Quality and Safety, Data Analysis, Performance Improvement

Dr. Cato obtained her BSN and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, and her PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University. Currently, she is the Vice President of Clinical Care Services for PreferUS. Additionally, she serves as the President of Transition to Professional Practice Nurse Consulting, SCorp, and as President of the Arizona Nurses Association Nurse Educator Special Interest Group (Chapter 6). She also is a current board member of the Arizona Heart Foundation and Grand Canyon University National Advisory Committee and serves as a Commissioner on Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Expert Areas: International Nursing, Quality and Safety, Transition to Professional Practice, Leadership, Staff Development, Adult Learning

Tish graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with a BSN. She worked in nursing education for 26 years teaching obstetrical nursing. She joined Grand Canyon University and Thomas Edison State University as an adjunct faculty member and Independence University as associate dean for health care administration and nursing.

Expert Areas: Pediatrics, Mother/Child, Women's Health, Public Health, Epidemiology, Career Path Development

Lesley is a full time Education Coordinator for Corizon Healthcare, educating nurses within the Arizona Department of Corrections. She earned her BSN and MSN at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, IL. She is a member of the National League for Nursing. Expert Areas: Pediatrics, Foundations, Psychology, Interprofessional Skills and Development. She earned her BSN and MSN at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, IL. She is a member of the National League for Nursing.

Expert Areas: Pediatrics, Foundations, Psychology, Interprofessional Skills and Development

Jane has over 25 years of experience in health care and is currently the Director of Nursing Education and Informatics for the State of Nevada Mental Health Hospital. She received her BSN at Chamberlain University and her MSN emphasis in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University. She obtained her certification in Health Care Informatics from University of Phoenix. She has been a member of the Psychiatric Nurses Association since 2007.

Expert Areas: Nursing Informatics, Computerized Charting and Documentation, Regulatory Requirements for Health Care Delivery to Mental Health, Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement

Pamela Hess has extensive health care experience in clinical documentation improvement, revenue cycle operations, HIM operations, revenue integrity, healthcare informatics, compliance, quality control, and provider education. She is currently vice president, strategy & operations and partner with MedAstute Consulting, LLC and the health care informatics program lead for the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University.

Expert Areas: Informatics, Health Information, Improved Workflow, Data Analytics

Dr. Lovata has a professional background that includes several years of experience in different areas of nursing. The majority of her time has been spent in labor and delivery. She currently works for Banner Hospital educating young couples on the miracle of birth. She has taught several classes at Grand Canyon University, assisted students in career path development and served as a mentor for NCLEX success. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Expert Areas: Obstetrics/Women's Health, Child Birth and Development, Maternity, Infertility, Cord Blood Banking, Professionalism of Nursing, Cultural Sensitivity, Communication, NCLEX, Career Path Development

Dr. Love is an associate professor at the College of Nursing and Health Care Professionals at Grand Canyon University serving as the academic quality review manager in the DNP program. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Expert Areas: NCLEX, Critical Care, Quality and Safety, Public Health and Informatics

Dr. McGarity earned her DNP at Grand Canyon University and her MSN from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. She is currently the San Antonio director at the Center for Nursing Excellence at University Health System. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Nurses Association.

Expert Areas: Career Path Development, Quality and Safety, Regulatory Issues, Ethics/Safe Practice

Jay started his career in health services when he joined the US Army Medical Corps. He has worked for nearly 20 years in diverse settings such as Occupational Health, Ambulatory Care, Home Care, Rehab, Multiple Unit Physician Practice and Nursing. He draws on these experiences to bring operational, informatics and marketing concepts to health focused enterprises. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he currently is building a Primary Care service for underserved urban populations. Jay is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Expert Areas: Ambulatory Care, Leading Teams, Operations Development and Implementation, Physical Rehabilitation, Career Path Development, General Management

Joanne is an adjunct instructor at Grand Canyon University and teaches pathophysiology for client health, trends in nursing and health care issues, professional research capstone and nursing research. She currently holds a CNL position at Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center VAMC in Charleston, S.C. She is a member of the Emergency Nursing Association and Clinical Nurse Leader Association.

Expert Areas: Career Path Development/Lifelong Learning, Critical Care, Clinical Nurse Leader, Quality and Safety, Managing Outcomes

Dr. Volz earned her DNP from Grand Canyon University and AAN, BSN and MSN at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Volz's 30 years of experience includes more than 11 years as a nurse practitioner, 3 years as a nursing school student advisor and instructor and 13 years as a NICU/postpartum program coordinator at a large nonprofit community teaching hospital. She is currently a pediatric nurse practitioner at Positively Kids. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Expert Areas: Pediatrics, Women's Health


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