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 I am honored to have the opportunity to work with nurse leaders throughout the state of California"

Mary Wickman, PhD, RN
CACN President 2020

Dr. Mary Wickman, Director of Nursing at Vanguard University, serves as President of the prestigious California Association of Colleges of Nursing, CACN. The honor was bestowed in January 2020 and Dr. Wickman has been actively involved in political advocacy and advancing the mission of nursing education in California to better the nursing world during the COVID-19 crisis. 

When sworn in as the president of the ACNL in 2017 Dr. Wickman was quoted:

"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with nurse leaders throughout the state of California, advancing nursing professional practice, influencing health policy, and promoting quality health care in our rapidly changing health care system."

CACN Board of Directors

Her current research focus is on nurse well-being related to Care Programs for nurses, in particular Tea for the Soul"

Annette Callis, PhD, RN, CNS
Professor and MSN Program Coordinator

Dr. Annette Callis, Professor and MSN Program Coordinator at Vanguard University, has published research related to moral distress and empowerment in critical care nurses in the American Journal of Critical Care. Her current research focus is on nurse well-being related to Care Programs for nurses, in particular Tea for the Soul, a hospital-based program addressing the emotional needs of nurses related to bereavement and stressful/traumatic workplace experiences.

Dr. Callis’ primary teaching interest is graduate student research. As thesis advisor, Dr. Callis mentors MSN students conducting research, endeavoring to improve patient care outcomes and the quality of nursing practice.

We need to create a healthier nation, by uniting and eliminating health disparities in conjunction with public health research."

Katherine Tong, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor, Chair, Pre-licensure Program 

Dr. Katherine Tong, Awarded a 5-year grant with the National Institute of Health entitled INSPIRE: INdigenous Samoan Program to Initiate Research Excellence, guides the ground breaking research towards the goals of eliminating cancer disparities and enhancing research capacity in the resource-constrained community of American Samoa. The INSPIRE team aims to establish capacity and resources essential to conduct scientific research in American Samoa and to assess Colorectal Cancer (CRC) literacy in American Samoa. The relationship between Colorectal Cancer (CRC) screening and health literacy has never been locally assessed in American Samoa (AS). While presenting at the American Public Health Association Conference, Dr. Tong blogged "... we need to create a healthier nation, by uniting and eliminating health disparities in conjunction with public health research." INSPIRE produced research is significant for AS because it lays a much-needed foundation for systematic public health research by building local research capacity and initial key health data.

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Student Testimonials 

All my professors have been nothing but supportive and encouraged my learning everyday."

Amanda Lau, Class of 2020
Pre-Licensure, BSN, Cohort 1

"Over the years, leading up to this point, I have grown a deep appreciation for nurses’ selflessness and willingness to care for their patients. This intangible gift of healing made me drawn to become a nurse one day. Two years ago, I moved to Costa Mesa and attended Vanguard University of Southern California. As a transfer student, my experience at Vanguard was unlike any ordinary university I've been to. It has allowed me to grow closer to the Lord throughout my time here. All my professors have been nothing but supportive and encouraged my learning everyday. This experience has tested my ability to adapt in high stress situations and become efficient with whatever I may be faced with. Thanks to Vanguard University's Nursing Program I am delighted to say with the education and wisdom I have received, I'm proud to finally introduce myself as Amanda S Lau RN, BSN."

 

 

 Pursuing my MSN degree at Vanguard University was one of the most impactful decisions of my life."

Maryam Gorciak, Class of 2017
Master of Science in Nursing

"My journey at Vanguard University started with an opening prayer at the MSN information meeting in 2015. I was a newly wed, had just moved to Orange County, and started working full time in the Critical Care unit at St. Joseph Hospital. Although I was hesitant to start my MSN journey with so many changes in my personal and professional life, my colleague and VU alumni at the hospital reassured me the nursing faculty at Vanguard were incredibly understanding and would foster my academic, professional and personal growth… and SHE WAS RIGHT! Dr. Annette Callis, was there for me every step of the way during the two year journey, even if it meant making Zoom calls at 9 pm. My leadership preceptorship led to a promotion as the Senior Risk Management Specialist at St. Jospeh hospital in Orange. Most of my classmates were also promoted as the result of their thesis projects for improving patient care. Pursuing my MSN degree at Vanguard University was one of the most impactful decisions of my life."

 

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