Raising Awareness about PTSD

Nursing’s Role in PTSD Treatment

Today it is critical for all nurses to understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), only about half of PTSD patients are receiving minimally adequate treatment. Active and retired military servicemembers make up the majority of PTSD cases and these patients lack access to the medical care they’ve been promised by the U.S. government.

For this reason, in an effort to raise awareness of PTSD and the fresh challenges it poses to all care providers, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with six major national nursing organizations to promote a new campaign called Joining Forces. The national initiative, led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama, invites all nurses to make a pledge to educate themselves on PTSD and to provide the highest-quality care to military servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Please remember that post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone; this guide, along with the support of your healthcare provider, is intended to help you begin to understand, recognize, and cope with PTSD.

RNtoBSN.org has recently launched a resource to help raise public awareness about PTSD; it discusses the nurse’s role in the treatment of PTSD, its different clinical classifications, identification of symptoms, myths, facts and the different treatments and best practices. The full article can be found here.




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