Network Education System


Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance


Colloquia Series:  “Care of the American Veteran:  Homelessness”

Monday, March 29, 2010, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard

Campus Center Ballroom, 3rd floor

Boston, MA, 02125

Target Audience: Nursing students, Registered Nurses, Educators, Social Workers,

Psychologists and Physicians interested in the care of American Veterans

Purpose: To provide a forum for clinical and academic partners and guests to share insights about the care of veteran patients and generate ideas for advancing nursing and interdisciplinary practice, education and research for America’s heroes, their families and caregivers.


  1. Recognize the scope of homelessness among veterans and the VHA’s plan to end homelessness through the resources of government, business and the private sector.
  2. Describe the nursing care of homeless veterans in the primary care setting.
  3. Identify the challenges and opportunities for veterans entering or returning to college or university.
  4. Discuss opportunities within the NERVANA partnership for nursing practice, education and research related to the homeless veterans and veterans in academia.

5:00 – 5:30PM     Registration, Light Refreshments and Information Tables

5:30 – 5:40PM     Welcome and Introductions

Marion E. Winfrey, RN, EdD, Associate Dean, College of

Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Boston (UMB)

Michael Charness, MD, Chief of Staff, VA Boston Healthcare

System (VABHS)

Cecilia McVey, RN, ADN/PCS, VABHS

5:40 – 5:45 PM    Overview of CE Program:  Mary V. Hanley, MA, RN, VABHS,

5:45 – 6:15PM     Homeless Veterans:  Scope, Needs, Interventions and Outreach

Karen Guthrie, LICSW, Director, Homeless Veterans

Program, VABHS

6:15- 6:45 PM    Caring for the Mental Health Needs of Homeless Veterans

Mary Anne Brogan, RN, MS, CS, BOPC, VABHS

6:45 – 7:15PM    Changing the Lives of Veterans through Education

Mary Beth O’Sullivan, MSN, RN, Upward Bound, UMB

7:15 – 7:45PM     Panel Discussion:  Opportunities for advancing Nursing and Interdisciplinary Practice, Research and Education related to Homeless Veterans and Veterans in Academia

7:45 – 8:00PM     Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Registration is required.  There is no fee for this program.

To register, please visit

Contact person:  [email protected] or call 857-203-5118

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