AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Sidney; Northwest Florida State College; University of South Australia
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AbstractNo occupation is more dangerous than serving in a nation’s armed forces, where service-personnel may face atrocious conditions and events. Some experience mental health problems including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety. The spouse and children are exposed to frequent moves, and endure long periods separated from a partner or parent. Nurses are well placed to make a substantial difference in the care of veterans and their families, although many Veterans believe healthcare professionals “cannot understand” their experiences (Finnegan et al, 2017). To change this narrative, the UK has introduced a new under-graduate educational initiative. An initial single site pilot study was undertaken at the University of Chester, England in 2017. The aim was to produce educational sessions that provided student nurses with an insight into the Armed Forces Community (AFC) of serving personnel, veterans and their families, and construct an understanding of the biopsychosocial needs aligned to their care, health and wellbeing. The intent was to stimulate critical thinking to focus on the individual and family needs by encouraging a problem solving approach.
CitationFinnegan, A., Currie, J., Ryan, T., & Steen, M. (2018). Nurse Education and the Military Veteran. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 25(10), 38.
DescriptionReprinted with permission of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
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