Dr. Brenda Elliott is an assistant professor and MSN, CAGS, and RN-BSN coordinator at Messiah University. She has experience teaching research and evidence-based practice in both pre-licensure and graduate level programs and graduate level courses focused on developing nurse educators. Upon entry into nursing, Dr. Elliott served in the U.S. Army for four years. She has consulted and developed curricula for a post-bachelors veterans health certificate program for healthcare providers, which focused on military and veteran culture, healthcare needs of veterans, veteran advocacy, and veteran healthcare policy. She has published numerous articles related to veteran-specific topics while serving as the Joining Forces column editor for MedSurg Matters.