Nurses providing care in nonpsychiatric settings may require supplemental education regarding the complexities of the care of patients that have an addiction co-occurring with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Miller et al. (2013) explored the risk for addictionrelated disorders occurring after active-duty United States airmen sustained a mild brain injury. They concluded that components of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the event the TBI was acquired and the difficult transition from military service to civilian life frequently left veterans feeling fearful and alone.The latter resulted in intensification of the symptoms of TBI experienced by the veteran, and increase use of drugs and alcohol. Addiction is a global health problem. As nurses providing care to patients that have addictions to such substances as cocaine or heroin, it is necessary to be informed of the causes of addiction and its implication in the resolution and or stabilization of physical and emotional problems experienced by our patients.
Learning Outcome: After completing this continuing nursing education activity the learner will have increased knowledge regarding co-occuring disorders within the veteran population, be able to identify their health promotion needs and advocate for them within the healthcare team to achieve optimal health.
Learning Engagement Activity: Understanding the dynamics of homelessness among veterans can contribute to our understanding of their health needs. Review the information from the CDC “Preventing Chronic Disease Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness Among U.S. Veterans” available at https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues...
Contact hours available until 4/30/2020.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Rosemarie Marmion, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, AMSN Education Director.
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1/12/19 7:15 am
7/25/19 4:04 pm
Great article and a reminder to have an empathic approach to all we care for. Healthcare is not a one size fits all. As nurses, we must be in tune with who we are caring for and the history that comes with them.
10/10/19 12:54 pm
Nurses advocating for their pts needs to ensure their best possible outcomes definitely includes their living situations. Coupling with case managers to offer community resources for short term and long term solutions is imperative .
3/25/20 5:17 am
Nurses need to continue to utilize reflective practice so we can reshape and continue to individualize veterans plans of care so we can have the most impact especially regarding PTSD and homelessness. We need to support those men and women who bravely served our nation.