News and Testimonials clone
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."
Her current research focus is on nurse well-being related to Care Programs for nurses, in particular Tea for the Soul"
Ph.D., University of San Diego; MSN, California State University Long Beach; BSN, University of Miami, Fl
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.
I sincerely believe God has a calling for everyone, and I’m so happy to be part of this calling"
Class of 2018
Vanguard University nursing program graduate Miguel Rosado remembers hiding on rooftops and in bushes from both the army and guerrilla fighters while growing up in El Salvador.
If either faction discovered him at age 12 or older, he would have been conscripted into one of Central America’s bloodiest civil wars. Like many Salvadorans caught between the factions, Rosado’s mother immigrated to the United States — he was 8 when she left — to work and send money home.
“I think that if I hadn’t gone through that experience with the civil war, I wouldn’t be as strong,” said Rosado, 40.
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."