University of South Florida College of Nursing faculty members participated in a Joining Forces Webinar Series: Teaching Nursing Students to Care for Veterans Part VII on May 1, 2013. USF College of Nursing Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Master’s Program & Academic Affairs, Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, and Military Liaison, Instructor and Coordinator, Graduate Simulation, Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC, spoke at the webinar series to discuss strategies for teaching students to care for active duty service members, veterans, and military families.
Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, designed the webinar series to educate nursing faculty that are members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) on how to implement initiatives set forward by the campaign. More than 650 schools of nursing around the country have pledged their support to the Joining Forces campaign. One priority of this national initiative is to make health care professionals more knowledgeable about veterans and their health care needs, particularly, as they return from modern deployments with characteristic injuries.
“The USF College of Nursing contributed to the webinar series to provide educational resources and assist schools that are AACN members as they engage in curricular development,” said Rossiter. “We are transforming the healthcare, transforming the lives of our active military, veterans, and their families. USF Nursing has become known nationwide as a leader in veteran research and how to care for our veteran population. We are very fortunate to have a Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, faculty, and staff who are so committed to veteran health and research that improves the lives of our veterans and their families as well as the many educational initiatives that have helped make USF the 4th Friendliest Military University in the country.”
AACN reached out to Graves and Rossiter as well as Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health and Dean, USF College of Nursing, Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, and Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Interprofessional Initiatives, Rita D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, to speak at two out of seven webinar series. They were invited to participate for demonstrating leadership in military and veteran education and research and for the USF College of Nursing’s reputation as a leader in veterans healthcare. Rossiter, along with Dr. Morrison-Beedy and Dr. D’Aoust, were also part of the Joining Forces Webinar Series: Teaching Nursing Students to Care for Veterans Part VI on April 24, 2013.
“We participated to support the Joining Forces campaign,” Rossiter said. “Many colleges of nursing are looking for ways to meet the challenge to educate nurses to care for the active duty and veteran population. USF College of Nursing has become a leader in veteran health care, by creating initiatives such as RESTORE LIVES: Education and Research to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members, and their Families, which helps develop life enhancing treatments through nursing research, and educate nurses with the knowledge and skills specific to the needs of treating veterans and service members. We were joining forces before Joining Forces was cool–we have had multiple veteran initiatives in place long before the Joining Forces campaign started. Because of this, other colleges and universities are looking at us to see how they can develop and implement curriculum into their programs.”
Before speaking at the webinar series, faculty members from USF College of Nursing participated in a series of military and veteran focused presentations at AACN. Rossiter presented at the AACN Baccalaureate Conference in November 2012 in San Antonio, TX, and Dr. Graves presented at the AACN Master’s Conference in March 2013 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, USF Nursing Dean Morrison-Beedy, presented at the AACN Deans Conference in March 2013 in Washington, DC.
“We are meeting the challenge–our PhD researchers are creating the knowledge; the DNPs are translating the knowledge; our nurse practitioners and nurses are delivering the care; and our nurse educators and leaders are disseminating the knowledge and educating our students,” Dr. Graves said.
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Through ‘RESTORE LIVES: Education and Research to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members, and their Families,’ USF College of Nursing faculty develop life enhancing treatments through nursing research, and educate nurses with the knowledge and skills specific to the needs of treating veterans and service members with innovative solutions, and conduct research specific to veteran and military health issues through training nursing leaders within military, and educating nurses at all levels in the special needs of the military, veterans and their families. For more information on RESTORE LIVES or the other priorities at the USF College of Nursing visit health.usf.edu/nursing/priorities