Angela (Angie) Vaul: Protecting Her Community and Family | Briar Cliff University

Angela (Angie) Vaul: Protecting Her Community and Family

Sioux City
Nursing


I have completely changed my habits when coming home from a shift. I go into the less used door of our home, undress, throw my clothes in the wash, shower, sit in my ‘special chair’ reserved for just me, sleep in a separate room, and wipe everything down after touching it.


— Angela (Angie) Vaul
Sioux City
Nursing

As an undergraduate student, Angela (Angie) Vaul, Briar Cliff ‘08 nursing and ‘18 master’s in nursing alumnae, initially started her higher education journey at University of Nebraska. Her journey to Briar Cliff University was inspired by someone who she considers a big influencer in her life.

“When I was at Heelan High School, Mr. [now Dr.] Flannery was there,” says Angie as she reflects on her passion of music. “As a sophomore, I wasn’t getting the parts I wanted, so he introduced me to Sr. Mary Day for voice lessons.” Unknowingly, this introduction will prove to be imperative for Angie’s future – not only for music but also for education.

Angie determined during her first year that Lincoln was not right for her. “I wasn’t happy there. I was homesick and the school was too big for me. My mom and Sr. Mary Day sort of conspired to get me back to Sioux City.” Angie then transferred to Briar Cliff University.

Initially a pre-med student, Angie decided to pursue nursing after becoming pregnant with her son. She enjoyed the choir trips and reflects on Briar Cliff’s great clinical environment, skills time, and application opportunities. “Instructors had high expectations. This 110% helped with my transition from school to work.”

Currently, Angie works at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s as an Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner and is in the midst of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in preparation mode at the hospital. We expect the COVID-19 cases to peak any time. We are currently seeing half of the population we normally see – but we remain fully staffed. We have even added a second emergency room, with 23 more beds.”

The COVID-19 response has not only changed the hospital operations, but it has also changed her personal routines - all to protect herself, her husband and three children.

“I have completely changed my habits when coming home from a shift. I go into the less used door of our home, undress, throw my clothes in the wash, shower, sit in my ‘special chair’ reserved for just me, sleep in a separate room, and wipe everything down after touching it.”

Woodbury County COVID-19 cases continue to rise. As of April 24, there have been a total of 189 confirmed cases and 1,101 people tested.

Thank you, Angie, for being a Briar Cliff Hero by protecting and loving your family and the Siouxland community unconditionally.

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