BSN VANAP Sacramento Students Volunteer at Stand Down


We are so proud of our Sacramento BSN VANAP students. All 40 students and all BSN faculty attended the Stand Down event in Sacramento. Students did health screenings, administered injections, handed out clothes, and helped park cars. It was a great success!

Faculty Spotlight: Laureen Turner MSN, RN

Laureen Turner MSN, RN

Laureen Turner MSN, RN

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position?

When I was five years old my grandmother asked me what I want-ed to be when I grew up. I told her either a teacher or a nurse. I started my career as a nurse and then 10 years ago had the good fortune to become an educator so now I am both. I’m sure grannie is smiling down on me. I am so blessed to be in a position that is meaningful, supports the Jesuit Mission, and that I love. I tell everyone that if you can do for work what you would do for fun, you are in a great place. That is where I am.

I have been in this position since June of 2015. I have been with USF for 3 ½ years teaching pediatrics, obstetrics, and evidence based practice. I hold my MSN in nursing education and am also studying for my EdD in education. Given my passion for teaching teachers, I was selected to work as a mentor for the new faculty in Sacramento. I have subsequently transitioned into the role of director in the. In June of 2015 I was appointed the director of the VANAP program in Sacramento.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I love working both with students and faculty.

I love to see students grow and develop as nurses. My finest moments in this role are when I get emails from students that they have acquired their first new job.
With faculty, I love to see them develop over time and to see them try new techniques in class. I have a passion for interactive teaching techniques and love to share these with faculty.

What inspires you and why?

Complacent nursing. This is my soap box issue. I have no tolerance for nurses who go through the motions and do not provide the depth of care needed by the patient and their families. I am inspired to teach students who will not be complacent. This is my passion and the ability to be a part of it inspires me as an individual.

What advice would you like to give to students?

Study hard, do not get caught up in drama and gossip or any other meaningless activities that do not move you forward as a profession. Take care of yourself and spend time with friends and family when you can. Your support system is there for you.

Anything else you would like to share?

When I was a home care nurse years ago, I collected advice from many of my patients. I learned a great deal from them. My takeaways for that are the importance of learning from those who have walked in our shoes before. The “best” advice I remember is from a wonderful woman who I was taking care of. Her advice as well as I remember: “Honey the golden years are pyrite…. Fools Gold. Do not wait [for] anything. If you want to do something with your life do it now. Travel, see the world, live. Love your friends and family every day because tomorrow may never come.”

That is what I would like to leave you with – my life philosophy follows that. Live every day, live and laugh often.

Work for Warriors

Work for Warriors

Work for Warriors (WFW) is a State and Federally funded Free Direct Placement Program within California. The intent of the employment initiative branded “Work for Warriors” is aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among California Service Members (SMs) in the Guard and Reserve by directly placing them into gainful fulltime employment. WFW is open to all currently serving National Guard and DoD Reserve personnel, Post 9/11Veterans, as well as Spouses and Gold Star Families. Jason will be at the Sacramento Campus October 22 from 3-6 pm.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jason Cameron at 916-854-1365 or

Career Services Visits with James Catiggay

The Career Services Center’s James Catiggay will be visiting the Sacramento Campus on October 22 and November 19 to meet with students individually. He will be available to discuss your career planning and job search questions including resume and cover letter reviews.

In order to accommodate as many individuals as possible, he will be holding 20-minute appointments. Additional time slots can be requested.

Please contact Sacramento staff ( or 916-920-0157) or email James directly (

It’s Fall in Sacramento!


Hello Students and Faculty!

We are happy to have you with us this fall in Sacramento. This is our 2nd academic year at One Capitol Mall (OCM) and we hope your semester is off to a great start! This fall, we welcomed approximately 60 new students to our programs in Nursing, Public Administration, Teacher Education and Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition, we added a few new staff and program associates.

In spite of the construction and its impact on the parking along with the air conditioning challenges, you have all remained positive and dedicated to earning your degree and making a difference! Please continue on that road as we strive to make your experience the most positive one possible.