More Nursing Schools Focusing on PTSD in U.S. Soldiers

As we reported earlier this week, nursing schools are now beginning to focus attention on training in psychological disorders that are the effect of spending time in war-torn countries. Soldiers returning to the United States from war zones are sometimes extremely affected by their experiences. Normally, the VA would handle such care; but as many news outlets are reporting – it can take months to get in to see someone about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. In a recent report, the Philly Enquire Online discusses that more nursing schools are taking a hard look at caring for returning soldiers:

In an initiative that will be highlighted Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s nursing schools have pledged to increase training of current and future nurses about the “invisible wounds of war”: post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and post-combat depression.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will speak on campus about the new program as part of a two-day national tour celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Joining Forces campaign to help soldiers and their families. After the Penn appearance, Michelle Obama will appear on The Colbert Report to talk about the program.

Penn’s nursing school is among 450 that have pledged to increase training about the special needs of veterans. One hundred fifty nursing organizations have also signed onto the effort, which does not include extra funding. The initiative is meant to improve care, especially for veterans who get their medical treatment outside of the military system…read more here.

(In our earlier nursing school news this week, we revealed that Cal State Fullerton’s School of Nursing has joined a national campaign introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to educate nursing students on the specific health needs for returning veterans, service members and their families as well. )

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