The Commander Lura Jane Emery Lecture

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The Commander Lura Jane Emery Lecture

Caring for Those Who Served: Understanding and Addressing Veterans’ Unique Health Care Needs

Monday, May 9, 2022
4-5:30 p.m. ET

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity.


  • Lecture Only: FREE; registration is required
  • Lecture with CE: $20

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Most veterans do not seek care in Veterans Administration facilities. Therefore, it is imperative that civilian healthcare professionals understand the unique healthcare needs related to military service members’ and veterans’ military duties and deployments. This lecture will explore those unique needs and will discuss healthcare issues related to homeless veterans, with a focus on homeless female veterans, providing recommendations for practice, education, research, and policy.


Ret. Col. Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She was an Army Nurse Corps officer for 28 years, retiring at the rank of colonel. She teaches graduate healthcare systems management courses and advises and coaches doctoral students. Yoder continues to investigate healthcare issues affecting military service members and veterans. She collaborates with active duty and retired military researchers, serving as a research mentor to new investigators.

She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nursing Fellowship (2011 cohort) and she is a past president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Yoder is also a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing (WRAIN) program.


  • 4 p.m. - Welcome/Overview/Introductions
  • 4:15 – 5 p.m. - Lecture
  • 5 - 5:30 p.m. - Q&A

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this program nurses will be able to:

  • Describe two current issues related to health care for veterans
  • Discuss issues related to homelessness among female veterans
  • Describe current initiatives underway to prepare healthcare professionals to deliver better care to veterans.

Learning Outcome:

80% of the participants will identify how their practice will change in caring for women veterans.

Additional Information

Continuing Education

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity. Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CNE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after submitting their completed evaluation form, plus a fee of $20.  All requests must be received within 60 days of the event.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Lecture History

During her academic career at the School of Nursing in the late 1970’s, CMDR Lura Jane Emery, MS ’79, recognized a need for nurses with advanced education. This eventually led her to create the Lura Jane Emery Nursing seminars endowed fund.

Prior to attending the School, Emery had a long and successful career in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, where she served for 27 years. Upon retirement from the Naval Hospital in Annapolis, Md., she received credit for 30 years of service. Emery’s military career began in November 1947 when she started working as an Ensign at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I. After two years, she was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif. She was subsequently ordered to duty on the U.S.S. Repose AH16 at Hunters Point, in San Francisco, Calif.  In 1950, Emery was called to Pusan, Korea; she spent the next 19 months caring for those injured in the Korean War. “As soon as I arrived there, I treated patients with smallpox, brain injuries, and missile wounds close to 20 hours a day,” she recalls. “It was a tremendous experience. The most memorable moment was when our ships were traveling up the river near Incheon with armed Chinese troops lining the banks.” Fortunately, she says, “When they saw the red crosses on the side of our ships, they dropped their guns—not one shot was fired. That was indeed a miracle.”   

When her military career ended, Emery wasn’t sure what her future would hold. “After I retired from the Navy in 1974, I felt lost, but becoming involved in nursing again helped ease the transition,” she says. She returned to Maryland and received her master’s degree from the School of Nursing in 1979. Each year, Emery’s fund supports a scholarly lecture presented. “When nurses have a good education,” she says, “they can easily advance in their field.”

Past Lectures


The Opioid Crisis: Treating Our Nation's Veterans
Joseph G. Liberto, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Academic Affairs
Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Military Service as a Determinant of Health
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) William T. Bester, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Advisor
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare


How Nurses Can Improve Population Health: Positioning Matters
Kathleen R Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP
Professor, Rush College of Nursing

UMSON Planning Committee

Jeff Ash

Lynn Marie Bullock

Charon Burda

Linda Hickman

Deborah Prout

Giordana Segneri

Cynthia Sikorski

Sonia Smith

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

UMSON offers year-round opportunities for continuing education, which is now recognized for license renewal in Maryland. Take advantage of online, simulation, and in-person activities to enhance your professional development.

Organized by the 2022 Dean’s Lecture Planning Committee