By Elaine Bruner, RN, MSN, CMGT-BC

Wow — Almost 200 attendees on June 27, 2023, for the MVD pre-conference! Case managers came together across the DoD, VA and Military settings for a day of learning, networking, and brain-storming. Covered topics included DoD to VA transitions, spirituality, non-institutionalized care, career growth and self-care. Attendees were challenged to consider:

-What people would say about them on their 90th birthday;

-How service members enroll & access VA healthcare;

-Which non-institutionalized VA programs are appropriate for complex, high risk and other unique populations;

-Why enhance case manager recruitment & retention in MVD settings;

-How to create seamless DoD to VA transitions;

-How spirituality impacts service members and veterans as we offer value-sensitive care.

As an MVD Education Committee member, I was impressed by the participation and engagement. This MVD pre-con exceeded my expectations and those of others.

Do you work in an MVD setting? Plan to attend CMSA 2024? Then you need to join us in Providence, RI and experience the MVD energy!

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Bio: Elaine is an experienced nurse, case manager and educator. She completed her undergraduate studies with the State University of New York at Platttsburgh, followed by her graduate work with the University of Virginia. Prior to entering case management practice, Elaine worked in diverse settings including oncology, nutrition support, home health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Case management offered Elaine opportunities to join transdisciplinary teams in cardiology, critical care, and ambulatory care. Since 2008, she has been associated with American Nurses Credentialing Commission, contributing to the Nursing Case Management (NCM) certification review products. She co-authored the 4th edition of the NCM Review and Resource Manual, with Peggy Leonard, and was the faculty for live workshops and webinar presentations. Elaine embraces her educator role, authoring manuscripts in CMSAToday, offering continuing education presentations, and coaching case managers to certification success. Elaine's current role, with US Navy, offers daily challenges, keeps her skills sharp and a smooth transition to retirement.