Caring for Military Combat Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621813
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Title:
Caring for Military Combat Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other Titles:
Promoting Clinical Outcomes in Veterans
Author(s):
Benjamin-Wilson, Tanya Marie
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Delta Iota
Author Details:
Tanya Marie Benjamin-Wilson, DHSc, MPH, MSN, CHES, RN, APHN-BC, Professional Experience: I have an MSN in Nursing as well as a Masters in Public Health and Doctor of Health Science. I have worked in various leadership roles within nursing education and public/community health nursing for 12 years. I am a former psychiatric/mental health nurse with experience working in a Behavioral Health facility for 4 years. I am also a U.S. Navy veteran. Author Summary: Dr. Tanya Marie Benjamin-Wilson is Board Certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC), and also Certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Benjamin-Wilson has degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, Public Health, and Health Sciences. Dr. Benjamin-Wilson is now a full-time educator at Georgia State University who most recently worked at a Behavioral Health facility as both a Staff Nurse and Hospital Educator. Dr. Benjamin-Wilson also served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
Abstract:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a growing problem of concern within the military. Veterans serving in combat are more likely to develop PTSD symptoms resulting from participation in wartime conflicts and exposure to traumatic events. Younger veterans with multiple predisposing factors are at an increased risk. The signs and symptoms of PTSD closely mirror the signs and symptoms of other mental health conditions. This can lead to problems with appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Military combat veterans with untreated or misdiagnosed PTSD symptoms are at risk for interference with social, physical, and professional functioning. Problems related to non-existent or inadequate PTSD treatment include alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and the breakdown of close personal and professional relationships. In worst case scenarios, individuals exhibiting signs of PTSD may become homeless, susceptible to criminal activity, and suicidal. Health providers need to be aware of the most up-to-date information regarding the recognition, treatment, and management of PTSD. Evidence from the literature suggests that technology-based interventions may be a more favorable therapeutic treatment option as opposed to numerous talk sessions with a trained therapist. The information provided will assist health care professionals such as (a) physicians, (b) psychologists, (c) physician assistants, (d) registered nurses, (e) nurse practitioners, and (f) social workers in providing better quality of care for military combat veterans in need of mental health services. This educational presentation can be used as a guide for both military and non-military affiliated multidisciplinary professionals in need of basic knowledge and information regarding PTSD. This research will (a) address the most important concepts related to understanding PTSD, (b) PTSD treatment interventions, (c) factors that may interfere with treating PTSD, and (d) access to care issues for military combat veterans in need of services. Mental health issues have historically been stigmatized within all branches of the military. Increased knowledge relating to PTSD may help to change the military cultural norm that favors the non-reporting of signs and symptoms indicative of a mental health disorder. The long held constraints of a professional military environment and culture should not be preserved in the face of serious risks and consequences to the (a) physical, (b) emotional, and (c) psychosocial well-being of dedicated service members. Combat veterans with signs and symptoms of PTSD or any other mental health disorder should be encouraged to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent negative progression of the disorder and its associated unfavorable outcomes. It is recommended that military administrative officials, with input from health care providers, seriously (a) review, (b) revise, (c) update, or (d) implement policies and procedures that will introduce positive changes in relation to matters concerning military mental health. These changes should foster an environment and culture conducive to military service members feeling free to seek mental health services without fear of (a) bias, (b) stigma, (c) retaliation, or (d) any other negative repercussions, including immediate dismissal from military service.

Keywords:
Health Providers; Mental Health; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Repository Posting Date:
13-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
13-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17O07
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleCaring for Military Combat Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)en_US
dc.title.alternativePromoting Clinical Outcomes in Veteransen
dc.contributor.authorBenjamin-Wilson, Tanya Marieen
dc.contributor.departmentDelta Iotaen
dc.author.detailsTanya Marie Benjamin-Wilson, DHSc, MPH, MSN, CHES, RN, APHN-BC, Professional Experience: I have an MSN in Nursing as well as a Masters in Public Health and Doctor of Health Science. I have worked in various leadership roles within nursing education and public/community health nursing for 12 years. I am a former psychiatric/mental health nurse with experience working in a Behavioral Health facility for 4 years. I am also a U.S. Navy veteran. Author Summary: Dr. Tanya Marie Benjamin-Wilson is Board Certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC), and also Certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES). Dr. Benjamin-Wilson has degrees in Business Administration, Nursing, Public Health, and Health Sciences. Dr. Benjamin-Wilson is now a full-time educator at Georgia State University who most recently worked at a Behavioral Health facility as both a Staff Nurse and Hospital Educator. Dr. Benjamin-Wilson also served honorably in the U.S. Navy.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621813-
dc.description.abstract<p><span>Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a growing problem of concern within the military. Veterans serving in combat are more likely to develop PTSD symptoms resulting from participation in wartime conflicts and exposure to traumatic events. Younger veterans with multiple predisposing factors are at an increased risk. The signs and symptoms of PTSD closely mirror the signs and symptoms of other mental health conditions. This can lead to problems with appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Military combat veterans with untreated or misdiagnosed PTSD symptoms are at risk for interference with social, physical, and professional functioning. Problems related to non-existent or inadequate PTSD treatment include alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and the breakdown of close personal and professional relationships. In worst case scenarios, individuals exhibiting signs of PTSD may become homeless, susceptible to criminal activity, and suicidal. Health providers need to be aware of the most up-to-date information regarding the recognition, treatment, and management of PTSD. Evidence from the literature suggests that technology-based interventions may be a more favorable therapeutic treatment option as opposed to numerous talk sessions with a trained therapist. The information provided will assist health care professionals such as (a) physicians, (b) psychologists, (c) physician assistants, (d) registered nurses, (e) nurse practitioners, and (f) social workers in providing better quality of care for military combat veterans in need of mental health services. This educational presentation can be used as a guide for both military and non-military affiliated multidisciplinary professionals in need of basic knowledge and information regarding PTSD. This research will (a) address the most important concepts related to understanding PTSD, (b) PTSD treatment interventions, (c) factors that may interfere with treating PTSD, and (d) access to care issues for military combat veterans in need of services. Mental health issues have historically been stigmatized within all branches of the military. Increased knowledge relating to PTSD may help to change the military cultural norm that favors the non-reporting of signs and symptoms indicative of a mental health disorder. The long held constraints of a professional military environment and culture should not be preserved in the face of serious risks and consequences to the (a) physical, (b) emotional, and (c) psychosocial well-being of dedicated service members. Combat veterans with signs and symptoms of PTSD or any other mental health disorder should be encouraged to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent negative progression of the disorder and its associated unfavorable outcomes. It is recommended that military administrative officials, with input from health care providers, seriously (a) review, (b) revise, (c) update, or (d) implement policies and procedures that will introduce positive changes in relation to matters concerning military mental health. These changes should foster an environment and culture conducive to military service members feeling free to seek mental health services without fear of (a) bias, (b) stigma, (c) retaliation, or (d) any other negative repercussions, including immediate dismissal from military service.</span></p>en
dc.subjectHealth Providersen
dc.subjectMental Healthen
dc.subjectPost-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)en
dc.date.available2017-07-13T14:01:46Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-13-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-13T14:01:46Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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