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College of Nursing

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

USF College of Nursing honors veteran and service member students

USF College of Nursing honors veteran and service member students

USF College of Nursing is a proud supporter of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. The college’s continuous support is shown through various research and education programs including the bachelor’s degree in nursing for veterans also known as V-CARE.

In honor of the first cohort of V-CARE students, the college opened a Military and Veteran Student Lounge on Nov. 5 during a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Students, veterans and top leaders from USF Health including Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, were present to witness the ribbon cutting and open the lounge for the first time.

Military and Veteran lounge Grand Opening

(L to R). Troy Hambrick, operations manager for virtual simulation center of excellence (VSCE) at USF Nursing, Rita D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs and interprofessional initiatives at the USF College of Nursing, Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Alicia Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC, military liaison and coordinator of graduate simulation of USF Nursing, and Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, senior associate vice president of USF Health and Dean of the College of Nursing.

In honor of USF Nursing’s veteran and service member students and the inaugural V-CARE class, a U.S. flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day – at the request of U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller. The flag will then be proudly placed in the Military and Veterans Student Lounge.

Rep. Miller, who serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, made this possible following a request from Rita D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs and interprofessional initiatives at the USF Nursing.

“We are greatly thankful to Rep. Miller for making this happen,” Dr. D’Aoust said. “The flag being flown over the U.S. Capitol gives a whole new meaning to the Military and Veteran Student Lounge. It’s a great honor for our students and our college.”

Military and Veteran Lounge grand opening

Dr. Morrison-Beedy and Dr. Lockwood greet veteran, Brian Anderson, and Pasco County Stand Down service dog, Hero.

To view more photos from the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony click here.

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