USF College of Nursing’s Dean and two faculty members visit New York’s Niagara Air Force Base to increase efforts to help military service members
USF College of Nursing’s Dean, Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Military Liaison, Carrie Elk, PhD, and Associate Professor and Research Center Executive Director, Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA, visited the Niagara Air Force Base to share ideas and collaborate with other nursing colleges to expand military services and opportunities.
The Niagara College of Nursing, Daemen College of Nursing, Buffalo VA Medical Center as well as the Commander and veterans’ representatives from the Niagara Air Force Base participated in the seminar to exchange military ideas and experiences.
During the meeting, our team focused in three important areas such as; giving academic credit to military members, making sure MacDill Air Force Base’s Transition Assistants notify qualified veterans about USF’s employment opportunities, and research collaboration.
The College of Nursing’s team was satisfied with the results, and is looking forward to implementing each area into their military service programs.
“The College of Nursing is extremely happy with the outcome of the work group,” Dr. Morrison-Beedy said. “We’re excited to start applying these ideas to give back to our veterans who gave everything they had to protect our freedom.”
In July, 2011, Dr. Carrie Elk was appointed as the Nursing Military Liaison to build and maintain relationships with service members and their families, military agencies and veteran groups by increasing the visibility and involvement of the College in the military community locally, regionally and nationally.
As solders serving in Iraq prepare to return home, the USF’s College of Nursing is constructing a larger reintegration strategy for veterans to tap into our vast inter-professional resources in education, research and services to honor and better serve soldiers and veterans.
For more information on the USF’s efforts to assist veterans visit http://www.veterans.usf.edu/.
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