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Thursday, April 9 • 7:15am - 8:00am
TH7.00.06 Actual Urban Challenges Veterans Face which Limit Successful Transition into Civilian Lives

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This session will focus on the actual urban challenges Veterans face which limit successful transition into civilian lives. Veteran specific issues include but are not limited to Unemployment; Lack of Translation of Military Knowledge, Training, and Skills into Civilian Employment; Reintegration into Society; Homelessness; PTSD; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders; and other limiting factors that compromise successful transition into civilian life. Speakers will draw on insights from their contributions to a Veteran Administration Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), their work on Veteran specific healthcare issues, Veteran issues related to separation from military service among other contributions each has made to the Veteran community. Comments will include Veteran outcomes and interprofessional solutions. Speakers will reflect on best practices related particularly to employability and training that builds on knowledge and skills gained in the military (i.e.: university accelerated programs for Veterans where they get credit for military education and training such as the Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University; Military Police to Criminal Justice, Navigational Experience and Knowledge to Geology, Geography, etc), employment post military separation, reintegration into society,  Veteran demographics, homelessness prevention and other mental health and substance abuse disorders that limit Veteran successful transition into urban civilian and family life.


Deborah Clarke

Miami VA Healthcare System
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Maria Olenick

Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, Florida International University
Maria Olenick PhD, FNP, RN is Chair of Undergraduate Nursing at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. Before joining Florida International University (FIU), she was Director of Clinical Skills and... Read More →

Thursday April 9, 2015 7:15am - 8:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)