Vanguard’s Nursing Director Excels in Research and is Published in Nursing Journal

Mary Wickman, B.S.N.,Ph.d is the director of Vanguard’s nursing program and has presented widely at conferences and is published in nursing journals. Mary’s most recent article published in The Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN) is a world-leading international peer reviewed Journal.  JAN targets readers who are committed to advancing practice and professional development on the basis of new knowledge and evidence. Mary’s manuscript was published based on a research study that was completed in conjunction with her research facilitator role at St. Jude Medical Center. This paper reports the development and psychometric testing of a Behavioral Health Care Competency survey designed to measure hospital nurse perceptions of behavioral health care competency.

In nursing, there is an emphasis on ensuring that all practices are evidence-based.  The Behavioral Health study validates that nurses who work in hospital-based settings need further training in  how to care for the hospitalized behavioral health patient on their units.  This study provides validation for a tool that could be used by educators in assessing and developing education programs that target behavioral health competency areas identified by their staff as areas of training needs.

Wickman has held a wide variety of nursing positions in southern California, including at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Saddleback Women’s Hospital in Laguna Hills, Tokos/Matria Obstetrical Clinical Services in Orange, and St. Joseph Hospital. She was chair of the department of nursing at Mount St. Mary’s College. She also served as director of nursing and health sciences at Santa Ana College for 15 years. Wickman holds her master’s degree and PhD from UCLA. She has chaired the Orange County Long Beach Consortium for Nursing and held many other industry-leading posts.

Before joining Vanguard full-time, Mary taught adjunct courses in the BSN program, and the students admired her. She adds to the tradition of Vanguard faculty — committed professionals who mentor and invest deeply in the lives of the students. Wickman says Vanguard’s approach to education is what nurses need to excel at their jobs.

Click here to read the published article.

Mary has researched a second article that was just accepted for publication and will be featured soon.

Both of these studies link back to the Vanguard Nursing program learning outcome of  Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Judgment. This outcome reinforces the importance of using a systematic approach in assessing, planning, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based solutions to patient care problems across a variety of healthcare settings.

For more information on Vanguard’s Nursing Program click here.

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