The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence has announced a new program that will focus the efforts of doctoral-level nursing students on providing specialized care to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to an article on Nurse.com. “Nurses are key professionals on a veteran’s healthcare team, and veterans may confide information about their mental and physical health and their deepest concerns about recovery that they may not be comfortable sharing with others. The Jonas program will go a long way toward better preparing nurses to care for the unique and growing needs of veterans,” said retired Major General Gale S. Pollock, CRNA, FACHE, FAAN, former interim Army Surgeon General in a news release.
The healthcare needs of recently returning veterans are great and varied. According to the Jonas Center, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have served more tours of duty than veterans of any previous war. Mental and physical health of returning veterans requires special research and care, and the Jonas Center's new program will address these issues.
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