Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Nurses Trained to Treat PTSD and TBI

An estimated 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from traumatic brain injury, PTSD or other mental health problems due to combat, according to the White House. To combat this issue, the White House has implemented a plan to improve health care for troops and their families. As a result, 150 nursing organizations and 500 nursing schools will now educate nurses on combat injuries like PTSD and TBI.

Half of the 300,000 veterans suffering from mental or brain injuries have sought care from the Veterans Affairs Department. This means that 150,000 of them are seeking care at civilian facilities which may not be prepared to help them. Raising awareness about TBIs and PTSD is one way that we can all help to improve the care that soldiers receive when they return from battle. By raising awareness, more medical and nursing schools will follow in the footsteps of this White House initiative to learn how to provide better care for these soldiers.

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