Wendie Skala

Adjunct Assistant Professor MS, RN

Programs and Courses Taught


N470 Theory and Clinical
N472 Theory and Clinical

About Me

Wendie completed her undergraduate education at San Jose State University in 1984 and was awarded her Baccalaureate in Nursing. Following her graduation, she specialized in intensive care and emergency nursing with emphasis on cardiovascular disease.  Wendie flew for Stanford Life Flight for 10 years and honed her skills in prehospital transport of critically injured patients. She also joined the Air Force Reserve in 1999 and achieved the rank of Lt Col while serving 7 deployments overseas in support of OPERATION IRAQI AND ENDURING FREEDOM. Along with transporting wounded warriors, she also assumed command and control roles and functioned as the Chief Nurse for air operations in Afghanistan and earned her Masters’ Degree in Military Science. In 2009, she took on the role as the Injury Prevention Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s first trauma center in South Sacramento. There she implemented the Sacramento Violence Intervention Program that provided services for shot, stabbed, and almost assaulted to death victims of violence between 15 and 26 along with her other work preventing motor vehicle crashes and older adult falls. Some of the programs she championed included the Alternatives to Violence Program in the community along with standing up Resilient Sac, an ACEs Connection Collaborative. In her role at Kaiser Permanente, Wendie worked with law enforcement, schools, non-profits, and government agencies to educate about ACEs and Trauma Informed Care. She has presented nationally on the subject and is a contributing author and educator of the American Trauma Society’s Injury Prevention Course. Currently, Wendie is Adjunct Faculty at Samuel Merritt’s School of Nursing in Sacramento and continues to spread the word about ACEs and Resiliency through here work with ACEs Connection and Resilient Sac.


This is my third year instructing the RN to BSN Community Nursing theory and clinical course at Samuel Merritt University. I was the Chief of Air Crew Training in the Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation System, overseeing the medical and flight education of 104 unit members stationed at Travis AFB and through out the worldwide system for 15 years. Additionally, I achieved instructor status for BLS, ACLS, PALS, NALS, ACLS, and TNCC Certification programs. Finally, the most joy in nursing has come as a mentor to emergency, critical care and flight nurse novices as they honed their skills. 

BSN San Jose State University; MS Air University

Teaching Interests

Community and Public Health
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress

Scholarly Interests


Community Service

ACEs Connection
Resilient Sacramento