Nursing School Focuses on Caring for Veterans

Veteran health care can be a challenge for any health care professional, but nursing staff are more exposed to the realities of veteran care than other medical personnel. Because some injuries are traumatic, special training in dealing with the physical and emotional aspect of combat related injury can be very important in the field. This is why some nursing schools are taking the proactive measure and training students on the special considerations required for veteran care.

As reported by OC Metro, caring for some veterans means understanding intimately the symptoms and effects of PSD – post-tramatic stress disorder:

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.

Nearly one in six of the more than 300,00 veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The goal of the initiative is to educate current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans affected by these problems, as well as depression and other combat-related issues.

“We are committed to preparing students to use best practices in providing care to veterans and their families who may have unique care needs,” said Cindy Smith Greenberg, professor and director of Cal State Fullerton’s School of Nursing. “Veterans bring experience, leadership and critical reasoning skills that are invaluable in providing quality nursing care.”

Undergraduate and graduate students at CSUF can take a number of nursing courses that focus on these issues in order to learn how to help veterans accordingly.

“Whether we’re in a hospital, a doctor’s…..(From OC Metro’s Kirsti Correa – Read the full article here.)

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