Veteran and Military Nurse Profiles

UMSON nurses have served in every military engagement since the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Meet a few UMSON students, alumni, and faculty whose nursing background has impacted their military service and vice versa.

Retired Capt. Diana Cangelosi, MS ’17
Branch: Navy 

“You give back in the military, and that continues into civilian life,” Cangelosi says. “You can always learn something new.”


Katie Casper, BSN, RN
Branch: Army 

“Being back in school is a bit of an adjustment, because I was so accustomed to having the support and commonality of the military mindset,” Casper says. “But I’ve met good friends — and in both the military and nursing, you find many people who are dedicated to always learning, getting better, and wanting more.”

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Staff Sgt. Hasani Green, BS, LPN
Branch: Army 

“[Nursing is] about empathy and respect," Green says. "I’ve cared for a baby two hours old and a man who was 99. Helping people enter and leave life is very special. I feel blessed to get that sense of accomplishment from my career.”

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Judy Harris, MSN, BSN ’80, RN
Branch: Navy 

“One of my goals was to put my foot on every continent, which I am happy to say that I achieved,” Harris recalls of her nursing career in the diplomatic corps, serving in Nigeria, Iraq, Nicaragua, Gabon, and Mozambique. 

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Col. Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS ’07, CRNA
Branch: Army

“So many aspects of the military — and of nursing — suit my nature,” Mitchell says. “I’m a nurturer. I like structure and clear expectations and seeing the rewards of hard work.”

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