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Patricia Conard

An Outstanding Islander

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Best Care for Veterans

When it comes to ensuring that faculty will know how to care for wounded veterans and their families and give them the best treatment possible, Patricia Conard is setting a high standard.

“Military veterans are returning from war with both physical and mental conditions,” said Conard, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Nurses in all settings should be aware of both military culture and the veterans’ experiences to better care for them.” 

Conard, who discovered her passion of caring for others at a very young age, was recently invited to serve on the task force team of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), an organization that establishes and implements standards for nurses. AACN is partnering with Veteran Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Military to develop a toolkit to help faculty address the needs of veterans and their families. 

“The purpose of the toolkit is to provide new knowledge for nursing professionals to improve care and ultimately the health of our veteran patients,” Conard said.  “At the same time, we are providing them with existing resources that will help them in teaching our students how to provide the appropriate care.”

Conard says that knowing a veteran can inspire patriotism and respect. But, her marriage to a Gulf War II veteran and commitment to give back to those who have put their lives on the line for their country has fueled her passion in meeting veterans’ special care needs.

Conard also serves as Project Manager of the eMilitary grant awarded from the White House to help residents of Texas veterans and members of the military with previous medical experience to become registered nurses through distance learning technologies.

She was recently selected to attend an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) for Veterans Train-the-Trainer course in the fall of 2012. The course provided information and resources to offer end-of-life and palliative care education to other nursing faculty and nursing students.

Conard believes these experiences have guided her in continuing her scholarly endeavors. She begins her Doctorate Dissertation this spring.

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