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First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Penn Nursing to Announce Initiative on Nursing and Veterans’ Health

Tomorrow [April 11], the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will announce a major initiative on nursing and veterans’ health.

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration address and treat PTSD, but half of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans see healthcare providers outside the VA system. Nurses are often the first-line providers of care for veterans with PTSD, and nurse scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing conduct the ground-breaking research on this life-altering disorder that leads to clinical care.

“Penn Nursing scientists are leading investigators in PTSD and trauma, producing evidence-based research that is translated into innovative and effective clinical care,” said Dean Afaf I. Meleis.

First Lady Michelle Obama is turning to nurses to identify, treat, and conduct research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as part of a national initiative. Attention to PTSD is a significant component of Joining Forces, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to champion wellness, education, and employment among military service members and their families. PTSD is a serious and widespread anxiety disorder affecting veterans, and the symptoms – re-living the traumatic event, avoiding situations reminiscent of the event, feeling numb and emotionless, or feeling relentlessly agitated – can be terrifying.

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration address and treat PTSD, but half of today’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seek care from healthcare providers outside the VA system. Nurses are often the first-line providers of care for veterans with PTSD and nurse scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing are leaders in fundamental research on this life-altering disorder.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will announce a major initiative by more than 150 of America’s leading nursing organizations and more than 450 nursing schools in 50 states and territories to ensure our nation’s nurses are prepared to help meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families. Nursing leaders have committed to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other combat-related issues. Collectively, this effort will reach over 3 million nurses in nearly every healthcare setting and every community in America.

Source: Penn Nursing

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