College faculty will have instances in which they realize there are military veterans in their class. This article will highlight certain ideas that faculty need to be aware of in order to foster a supportive classroom environment for veterans. As with all of our articles, this is not an exhaustive list but does provide a firm foundation for faculty that are working with veterans in the classroom.
Greg White is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at The College of St. Scholastica, who was hired to teach veteran nursing students as a part of a 4-year HRSA grant program in 2016. He is a veteran of the Air Force, deploying twice as a fixed-wing flight medic prior to becoming a registered nurse, who continues to serve in the Air National Guard. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Family Nursing Practice, and will be completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice in May 2021.
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