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Wendy Callan

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

M.S.N., 2011, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S.N. , 2009, Olivet Nazarene University
A.D.N., 1983, Gateway Institute

Professor Callan joined Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies as director of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in 2014. She enjoys helping individuals transition to the field of nursing in order to make a difference in the lives of others. In her life and in the lives of the students and faculty with whom she works, nursing is more than just a profession; it is a passion.

The ABSN program provides students with a professional foundation, integrating nursing theory with skills required for nursing practice. Through the ABSN program, students gain valuable patient care experience, critical decision making skills and confidence. This full-time program of study combines online learning with hands-on clinical practice.

In addition to being licensed as a registered nurse in Illinois and Wisconsin since 1983, she also holds several certifications, including: ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support, PALS-Pediatric Advanced Life Support, TNS-Trauma Nurse Specialist and ECRN-Emergency Communications Registered Nurse. She is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association.

With 31 years of experience in the field, Professor Callan has worked in the areas of health care management and direct patient care, as well as nursing education. In 2013, she led the staff and physicians of Northwestern Grayslake (Illinois) Emergency Center through the implementation of ER Express, a Web-based appointment scheduling program; TeleStroke, a portable telecommunications system; and bar code scanning for dispensing of bedside medications. In 2009, she directed Advocate Condell Medical Center (Illinois) in the advancement to a Level I trauma designation, one of only 18 in the state.

Outside of classroom and office, Professor Callan volunteers in her community as a member of the Lake County Health Department Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force. She enjoys speaking about injury prevention at various community events, fairs, schools and senior citizen events. In 2013, she co-chaired the Northwestern Grayslake Child Safety Fair Committee.

Her favorite leisure activities are bicycling and swimming. She has competed in several triathlons and marathons, including the Chicago Triathlon in 2013.

She and her husband, Steve, have been married since 1984. They are the parents of three children and are expecting their first grandchild.



Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.