Retired Army general, nursing leader to give free talk

Brig. Gen. William Bester

Brig. Gen. William Bester

A retired U.S. Army general and former chief of Army nursing will offer his thoughts on America's ongoing involvement in Afghanistan and will discuss healthcare innovations that have emerged from the military during a presentation at St. Scholastica.

Brig. Gen. William Bester, a graduate of St. Scholastica's nursing program, will present a free talk, "The Military's Influence on Healthcare Innovation," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Burns Wellness Commons lecture hall (room 249) on campus. He will cover a variety of subjects, including the impact that 18 years of continuous war has had on our veterans and society. He will highlight advances in interprofessional trauma care that the military has pioneered to better care for our service members and veteran population. This will include information about how these innovations have subsequently been implemented in civilian healthcare.

Bester will also highlight how growing up in the Duluth area and being educated in Duluth Public Schools and St. Scholastica positively influenced his military and civilian career. He will discuss his continued involvement in championing educational opportunities for veterans at St. Scholastica and throughout the country. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Bester holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Scholastica and a Master of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Nurse Anesthesia Program at Madigan Army Medical Center.
His distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Army culminated with his selection as the 21st Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merits and four Meritorious Service Medals. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is a member of the California Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Military Officers Association of America, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Association of the United States Army.

The presentation is sponsored by the College's Implementation of a Nursing Veterans' Initiative to Transform Education (INVITE) grant program, which prepares rural veterans for nursing careers.