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  • USF Nursing Opens Registration for National Conference on Nursing Education and Research for Veterans Health: Joining Forces to Restore Lives

    The University of South Florida College of Nursing has opened registration for the JOINING FORCES TO RESTORE LIVES: Nursing Education and Research in Veterans Health conference, November 13, 2012 at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, FL. Registration will fill rapidly so please register early if you want to be a part of this exciting National Conference.

    The JOINING FORCES TO RESTORE LIVES: Nursing Education and Research in Veterans Health is the first national conference where the nation’s finest nurse educators and scientists will Join Forces to focus on nursing education and research designed to meet the needs of veterans, service members and their families. This conference is part of USF’s commitment to support the Joining Forces campaign as a national nursing leader

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    James L. Harris, DSN, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Nursing Services, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Dr. Harris provides leadership and guidance to the VA’s 80,000+ nursing personnel who care for veterans each year. As Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, he assists with the development, implementation and evaluation of national policy and strategic planning activities that support the missions of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): clinical care, education, research and backup to the Department of Defense and emergency preparedness.

    Dr. Harris has an extensive background in nursing management and education, a published author, and consultant. He is also a Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and maintains a practice as a mental health provider. [/EXPAND]

    [EXPAND COURSE DESCRIPTION]The purpose of this national inaugural conference, JOINING FORCES TO RESTORE LIVES: Nursing Education and Research in Veterans Health, is to support a comprehensive national initiative to include education about issues specific to veteran’s health and advances in research into the nursing curriculum to better prepare nurses to care for military veterans and their families.

    The dynamic role of nursing professionals spanning nursing executives, scientists, researchers, educators, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses will engage in an educational forum specifically designed to provide current relevant core content to support veterans returning from war or deployment which face a variety of physical and psychological health care needs including: traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, suicidal ideation, homelessness, sexual trauma and substance abuse.[/EXPAND]


    [EXPAND OBJECTIVES]Upon completion of this national conference and educational activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the physical and psychological health issues of military veterans and their families
    • Identify best available evidenced based practice curriculum to integrate veterans health into curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels of nursing education
    • Identify and evaluate current, relevant and focused nursing research available to integrate new knowledge of veterans health into current professional nursing practice
    • Identify and explore best practices of innovative strategies for integration of veterans health into undergraduate and graduate nursing education
    • Describe national pioneering research including for new treatments in PTSD, sexual trauma and nurse scientists as leaders in veterans health
    • Evaluate the role of the professional nurse in supporting veterans health, education and research[/EXPAND]

    [EXPAND TARGET AUDIENCE]This conference is designed to meet the educational needs of a targeted audience spanning global nursing executives, scientists, faculty, researchers, educators, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses in supporting veterans health education and research.[/EXPAND]

    [EXPAND ACCREDITATION]USF Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Upon successful completion of this continuing nursing education activity, 6.5 contact hours will be awarded to the participant.[/EXPAND]

    [EXPAND MEETING LOCATION]LOCATION USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
    124 S. Franklin Street
    Tampa, Florida 33602

    Accommodations for Disabilities Please notify the CPD office, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 46, Tampa, FL 33612 or call (813) 224-7860 or e-mail by November 2, 2012 if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed.

    Equal Opportunity Events, activities, programs and facilities of the University of South Florida are available to all without regard to race, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, Vietnam or disabled veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the university’s respect for personal dignity.[/EXPAND]


    Nursing Professionals
         On or before September 19, 2012……………… $199
         After September 19, 2012……………………….. $225
    USF Health Alumni…………………………………….. $25 discount
    Group discount for 5 attendees or more…………… $25 discount
    Joining Forces Member………………………………… $25 discount

    In order to receive a discount, please provide proof of membership upon arrival at the conference.

    Fees include the course content, syllabus, certificate of attendance and food and beverage functions. No registration will be confirmed without full payment.

    Cancellations must be received in writing by October 1, 2012, and will be subject to a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after October 1, 2012. USF Health reserves the right to cancel this program due to unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be given to participants. USF Health will not be responsible for travel expenses incurred by the participant in the unlikely event that the program is cancelled.

    3 Ways to Register Enrollment is limited! Register Early!

    1. Online at
    2. Fax registration form to (813) 224-7864
    3. Mail form with payment to:
    USF HPCC – Office of Continuing
    Professional Development
    Attn: LS 2013311/1150
    PO Box 628263
    Orlando, FL 32862-8263


    [EXPAND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES] We have several sponsorship levels available. Please look thoughtfully through the enclosed materials and consider sponsoring this inaugural event. If you have any questions about sponsoring JOINING FORCES TO RESTORE LIVES, please don’t hesitate to contact Director of Development Don Snyder at 813.974.2570 or For sponsorship letter and forms CLICK HERE.

    Sponsorship Opportunities





    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    Conference Registration

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

    Complimentary Buffet Breakfast

    8:00 AM – 8:20 AM

    Welcome and IntroductionDianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health and Dean, College of Nursing, University of South FloridaConstance Visovsky PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Community Engagement, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

    8:20 AM – 8:45 AM

    KeynoteJames L. Harris, DSN, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAANDeputy Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Nursing Services, Department of Veterans Affairs“Linking Nursing Education and Research to Joining Forces Initiatives”

    8:45 AM – 10:15 AM

    Concurrent Session – Oral Presentations
    Track A – EducationEducating Undergraduate Nursing Students in Veteran’s Care
    Track B – ResearchMilitary Sexual Trauma and Abuse

    10:15 AM – 10:30 AM


    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Concurrent Session – Oral Presentations
    Track A – EducationVeteran’s Health as a Nursing Specialty
    Track B – ResearchCombat and Deployment Issues

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Complementary Buffet LunchLunch and optional exhibit hall

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Poster PresentationsPoster presentations highlighting nursing education and research, JOINING FORCES to meet the needs of veterans, service members and their families.

    2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


    2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    Concurrent Sessions
    Track A – EducationHot topics in Veteran’s Health Education
    Track B – ResearchHot Topics in Veteran’s Health Research

    4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

    Summary/Evaluations/Closing Remarks

    5:00 PM

    Optional Activity: CAMLS Tour



    The Course Directors are

    Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Senior Associate Vice President of University of South Florida Health and Dean of the USF College of Nursing, spoke at the Rotary Club of Tampa during the organization’s weekly luncheon on May 8, 2012.

    Dianne Morrison-Beedy PhD, RNWHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN – Senior Associate Vice President ,USF Health & Dean, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

    Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC – Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Community Engagement, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

    Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN – Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

    Faculty Disclosure

    USF Health adheres to the ANCC Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflicts of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.[/EXPAND]

    [EXPAND RESTORE LIVES at USF Nursing]The USF College of Nursing RESTORE LIVES – Research and Education to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members and their Families – directly impacts the lives of veterans and service members. USF has a long history of supporting our nation’s service members, veterans and their families with workforce issues, innovative educational programs and out-of-the-box nursing research conducted by our world class faculty. The USF College of Nursing is Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health. [/EXPAND]