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Brennan, J. M. (2010). "Understanding the impact of war zone experiences: a primer for civilian nurses." Pa Nurse 65(3): 20-22.
This article shares military nurses' experiences, lessons learned, and skill sets needed in the care of wounded warriors in critical care settings and in acute phases of recovery. Nurses can learn much from the experiences of those nurses who have worked with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), alcohol and substance abuse, and the potential risks of suicide.
Brown, N. D. (2008). "Transition from the Afghanistan and Iraqi battlefields to home: an overview of selected war wounds and the federal agencies assisting soldiers regain their health." AAOHN J 56(8): 343-346.
This manuscript discusses the importance of occupational health nurses in recognizing combat-related physical and mental injuries from war and the need to become knowledgeable about the resources needed as veterans transition to civilian life.
Fitzgerald, C. E. (2010). "Improving nurse practitioner assessment of woman veterans." J Am Acad Nurse Pract 22(7): 339-345.
The authors discuss the nurse practitioner's role in the assessment of the unique health care needs of women combat veterans and the use of existing screening tools to help identify functional health problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, or other evidence of significant physical or psychiatric stress.
Fletcher, C. E., L. A. Copeland, et al. (2011). "Nurse practitioners as primary care providers within the VA." Mil Med 176(7): 791-797.
This study examined perceptions of nurse practitioners and physicians regarding the role of NPs as primary care providers in Veterans Affairs hospitals. The authors conclude that there is a need to acknowledge differences in role perception among primary care providers.
Hobbs, K. (2008). "Reflections on the culture of veterans." AAOHN J 56(8): 337-341.
The authors discuss the unique differences that exist in veteran culture including health inequalities and health disparities related to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse; the importance of nurses understanding them; and integration of these contextual differences when providing care to this population.
Wands, L. M. (2011). "Caring for veterans returning home from Middle Eastern wars." Nurs Sci Q 24(2): 180-186.
This paper describes Swanson Caring Theory as a framework to help guide nurses who are caring for veterans reintegrating into civilian life.
Wynn, S. T. and R. A. Sherrod (2012). "Providing mental health care to veterans in rural areas using Telehealth in mobile clinics." J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv 50(6): 22-8.
The purpose of this article is to provide information to improve the quality of care of veterans living in rural areas and focuses on the use of telehealth in mobile clinics as a possible intervention to the mental health crisis of veterans in rural areas.
Olszewski, T. M. and J. F. Varrasse (2005). "The neurobiology of PTSD: implications for nurses." J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv 43(6): 40-47.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a prevalent psychiatric disorder that nurses in various roles may encounter. This paper describes the role of the nurse in improving patients understanding of PTSD patients through health literacy.
Romanoff, M. R. (2006). "Assessing military veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder: a guide for primary care clinicians." J Am Acad Nurse Pract 18(9): 409-413.
This study aimed to educate primary care providers on the physical effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, explain why military veterans are at great risk, and describe how to identify PTSD in primary care clients. In a literature review authors concluded that PTSD is prevalent in the military community because of the frequency and type of trauma seen in the combat zone and that primary care clinicians, including those outside the military health system, are essential in identifying trauma histories and directing clients to appropriate care.
Wands, L. M. (2011). Caring for veterans returning home from Middle Eastern wars. Nursing Science Quarterly, 24(2), 180-186. doi:10.1177/0894318411399450
This article describes Swanson Caring Theory as a framework to help guide nurses who are caring for veterans reintegrating into civilian life.
Wynn, S. T., & Sherrod, R. A. (2010). Providing optimal care for veterans. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 48(1), 4-6. doi:10.3928/02793695-20091204-04
This article provides information to improve the quality of care of veterans living in rural areas. It focuses on the use of telehealth in mobile clinics as a possible intervention to the mental health crises of veterans in rural areas.
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