Grand Canyon Nursing Students Learning Skills at Sun Health

Students from the Grand Canyon University nursing program at Banner Boswell attend orientation at Sun Health where they will be doing clinical rotations this summer.

People in purple scrubs will be popping up at various Sun Health locations this summer. The purple ones are senior nursing students at Grand Canyon University and each Tuesday, now through August, they will be doing community health clinical rotations at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, in the Care Transitions program or at each of Sun Health’s three senior living communities.

The students are part of a GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions based at Banner Boswell Medical Center.Individual nursing students from Grand Canyon University have received clinical training in the past through the Care Transitions program, but this marks the first time in recent memory that a group of nurses has come to Sun Health to gain experience. More groups are planned for the future.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about community health,” said Nancy Webber, director of Sun Health’s Care Transitions program and the Center for Health & Wellbeing.

From 1980 through 2013, Sun Health Foundation donors funded scholarships for hundreds of nursing students in the Banner Boswell Mesa Community College Nursing Education Program, based on the Boswell campus. The program educated more than 1,300 nurses during its lifetime. The Grand Canyon University/Banner Boswell nursing school partnership started in the fall of 2013 and is up to almost 120 students. The school is located at 10484 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Suite 102 in Sun City in a building that used to be a country club.

The newly renovated campus offers views of Viewpoint Lake from most of the classrooms and the student lounge. A high-tech skill lab and simulation center provides students with ample opportunities to learn and hone skills in a safe setting.