Joining Forces Wellness Week 2016
Resources to Support Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
For Joining Forces Wellness Week 2016, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is offering free education and resources to help nurses understand the mental health needs of those who have served in the military and their families. From November 7-11, we are offering the below podcast free of charge. Access the opioid use disorder continuing education for free throughout the year, or sign up for the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention.
Webinars: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Free | 1.25 - 3.5 Contact Hours
Combat-related injuries and physical strains associated with deployment mean that chronic pain and opioid use are prevalent amongst military service members. These three webinars provide nurses with knowledge and skills to provide interventions for opioid use disorders and promote effective treatment to those who need it.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, twenty US veterans commit suicide each day, yet death by suicide is believed to be mostly preventable if the person at risk receives proper screening, identification, and prompt intervention from competent mental health professionals. The APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, the first of its kind for psychiatric-mental health nurse generalists, is a full day workshop which educates nurses on how to integrate these skills into their practice in order to prevent suicide.
Free resources have been gathered targeting psychiatric-mental health nurses who provide care to military populations. Fact sheets, toolkits, and more provide guidelines and important considerations for providers. This online resource center includes extensive sections dedicated to the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.