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Part VI: Teaching Nursing Students to Care for Veterans

DATE: APRIL 24, 2013
TIME: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

Webinar Overview

Over 600 schools of nursing 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. Join colleagues from the University of South Florida College of Nursing as they discuss strategies for teaching students to care for active duty service members, veterans, and military families  as a unique population deserving of special consideration. University of South Florida College of Nursing…Transforming the Healthcare, Transforming the Lives of our active duty military, veterans, and their families.

Click here for Webinar Series Part I:
Joining Forces through Creative Curriculum Approaches: The Veterans Administration Nursing Academy

Click here for Webinar Series Part II:
Equipping the Civilian Health Workforce to Meet the Behavioral/Mental Health Needs of Veterans, Services Members and their Families

Click here for Webinar Series Part III:
Meeting the Palliative Care Needs of Veterans: ELNEC-for Veterans

Click here for Webinar Series Part IV:
Joining Forces through Creative Curriculum Approaches: A Panel Discussion

Click here for Webinar Series Part V:
Teaching Nursing Students to Care for Veterans

Click here for Webinar Series Part VII:
Teaching Nursing Students to Care for Veterans


Webinar Speakers

Alicia Gill Rossiter, MSN, ARNP, FNP, PNP-BC

Alicia Gill Rossiter has been an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for 16 years. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama. Upon graduation she was commissioned in the United States Army Nurse Corps where she served on active duty for four years which included two deployments—one to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and one to Central America. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida. Currently, Lt Col Rossiter is serving in the United States Air Force Reserves as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee where she is adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland—the Nation’s only federal/military health science university. In her civilian role, she is a faculty member and the Coordinator of Graduate Nursing Simulation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Ms. Rossiter also serves as the USF CON Military Liaison and was instrumental in the development of the “Introduction to Military and Veteran Health” course. She is in the Doctoral program at the USF College of Nursing where she is a Jonas Veteran Scholar. Her research is in Women Veteran Health Issues with a focus on Military Sexual Trauma.


Dr. Rita F. D’Aoust, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director for Interprofessional Initiatives at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing Tampa, Florida. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Academies of Practice. She has a long history in developing innovative undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Dr. D'Aoust  has an extensive background in simulation that includes the development of a simulation center, integration of simulation in undergraduate, graduate, and interprofessional curricula. Dr. D'Aoust served on the AACN national task force to evaluate the impact of the IOM report, Health Professions - A Bridge to Quality, and the Baccalaureate and Masters' Essentials of Education. Dr. D'Aoust has been involved in interprofessional education and practice initiatives for over 20 years. She has co-authored a chapter on Interdisciplinary Clinical Education, and participated in numerous local and national interprofessional initiatives such as Achieving Competence Today and Community Based Quality Improvement in Education. In addition, Dr. D'Aoust has participated in the development and teaching of an interprofessional graduate program for health profession teaching  aimed at faculty development for interprofessional and health profession teaching. She is currently the primary investigator of a HRSA grant—Integrating Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Program which is a web based training module to educate faculty on incorporation of informatics, simulation, and telehealth into nursing curriculum. Along with Lucille Raia, she is the co-director of the Veterans Administration Nursing Academy, a collaborative partnership between USF and the JA Haley VA Hospital. Dr. D'Aoust's  research focuses  caregivers of persons with dementia, stress, sleep, depression and cardiovascular reactivity. She is a nationally certified adult nurse practitioner with a long standing practice of working with the non-insured.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. Morrison-Beedy is Dean of the College of Nursing, Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health at the University of South Florida, and Professor of Nursing and Public Health. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Academies of Practice and a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She was recently named Health Care Hero in Education for the Tampa Bay region. Her research focuses on HIV/AIDS risk reduction in adolescent girls and has received over $11 million in funding.  She received numerous awards including the Excellence in HIV Prevention from the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care. She has published more than 300 articles, book chapters and abstracts. Under her leadership, the college’s is now ranked 1st in Florida and 24th in the nation by the National Institutes of Health. She received national recognition for the college’s work in Military and Veteran’s health and was invited to take part in the first lady’s Joining Forces summit where the USF College of Nursing’s veteran’s research was highlighted. Under her direction, the national Joining Forces to Restore Lives conference and targeted military education and research initiatives have positively impacted the health of those who have served.


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