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Conference to Address Veterans' Health Services Needs

A daylong conference will bring top experts to UNC Charlotte’s campus to discuss strategies to serve veterans transitioning from active military to civilian lives. "Military Culture: Have You Ever Served?" is free and open to the public and will be held Tuesday, March 1, at the UNC Charlotte Student Union; registration is available online.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be Martha Herb, U.S. Navy and director of the Inter-American Defense College; Paul Lewis, a U.S. Army colonel and senior nursing scientist at Womack Army Hospital; and Ilario Pantano, assistant secretary for veterans affairs, N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.

"Serving in the military is a high-risk occupation with exposures known to cause morbidity and mortality," said Lewis. "As a clinician, asking the simple screening question of 'Have you ever served in the military?' will help to quickly identify potential health risks of the person sitting in front of you."

Online Nursing Program Jumps in National Rankings

The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing’s national profile received a significant boost this month with the online graduate program’s 33-spot ascendance in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The program jumped to 54 in these rankings, up from 87 last year.

“We are ever vigilant in our efforts to maintain relevancy in a changing health care market,” Baldwin said. She added that the School of Nursing understands that its students typically work full-time and are returning to school to enhance their knowledge base and prepare for promotions or to meet the changing needs of their organizations and those whom they serve.

The graduate online nursing program scored especially high marks on the credentials and training of faculty, registering 88 out of a possible 100 points on the evaluation. UNC Charlotte tied for the 54th spot with several other universities, including Florida State and West Virginia.