Position: 
Associate Professor, Special Projects
Department: 
Credentials: 
  • 2011, M.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
  • 2009, B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
  • 1983, A.D.N., Gateway Institute

Professor Callan joined Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies as Associate Professor of Nursing for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in 2014. Wendy has directed the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program, taught Gerontology, designed the ABSN for Paramedics program, and is working with various State Boards of Nursing to open new ABSN programs.

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.

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 33 years of experience in the field, Professor Callan has worked in the areas of ICU, ER, Trauma, nursing education, and health care management. Wendy has Co-chaired the Illinois Region 10- Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) and Trauma Advisory Committee and has been involved with the State of Illinois Trauma Advisory Council.  Wendy has helped organize and been a presenter at many Chicago area Trauma symposiums that offered CE and CME. 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, Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force, Stepping Stones sex trafficking prevention, and Community Purse Charities. She is active in the youth and women ministries at her church.

Her favorite leisure activities include bicycling and swimming. She has competed in triathlons and marathons.  She and her husband, Steve, have been married since 1984. They are the parents of three children and one grandchild.